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Kwanzaa is an African American celebration of family, community and culture. It begins the day after Christmas through New Year’s Day observing seven key principles derived from an African philosophy over the seven days.

The seventh and last principle is FAITH or Imani (Swahili)
Its focus … “To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.” — http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org

Happy New Year!

Faith. To believe and trust in the thing we cannot see. If you’ve lived any time on this Earth, you have to have some measure of faith just to live. My faith is in God! And the more I mature in Him, the greater, more real my faith becomes. That ‘peace-in-the-storm’ type faith becomes a real truth in your life the older you get and the more life you actually live. The old adage says it, ‘If you haven’t experienced …, just keep living’. You surely will experience things in life for which you need real faith in a very real God.

When life knocks the wind out of you and you can’t imagine going on, Faith.
When you cannot control circumstances because they are in the hands of another, Faith.
When fear chokes your respiration and your knees buckle you to the ground, Faith.
Even when everything seems to be well, still Faith.

We’ve stepped into a new year of unknowns, Faith must carry us through.
We must believe that the omniscient power of God who knows all will faithfully keep us.
His promise is that He will perfect that which concerneth us, He will never leave us nor forsake us, and if we delight in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart.

I hear a song …
My Faith looks up to Thee
Thou Lamb of Calvary
Savior, Divine.
Now hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away
Lord, let me from this day, be wholly thine.