December 17th, 2013 12:17 AM

Dear Friends,

We are traveling through another season where we are taken to a dimension not visited during previous months of the year. December is a special month, as many of our actions are devoted to giving of ourselves in the form of a loving embrace, material gifts or kind words for those we've encountered on our long journeys in our busy lives. When we enjoy the companionship of family and friends, the barriers that have progressed through past conflicts have an opportunity to dissolve, as the season compels us to embrace the attributes of living in harmony. 

While the bright lights and the joyous celebration of Christmas is enhanced by the sight, sounds and temperament of those around us, there are times in which the tidings of the season conjures emotions which leads to sadness.

Over the past 6 years, I have offered my personal story in which I have provided details of circumstances in my life, that have affected me greatly and are similar to challenges all of us experience at one time or another. While I am blessed to have the ability to write and reflect on those occasions which have had a profound effect on my countenance, I understand that all of our trials have shaped the core of our souls, in the manner we express ourselves today.

It was the 17th day, 17 years ago this month, that my beloved mother, Angeles, passed away. Even though she was in ill health for many months, when I was awakened with the news of her passing, I was truly in shock and thoroughly distraught for a very long period of time. My mother was a deeply religious and devout woman of tremendous faith. She demonstrated her profound love and embrace in our family and to the numerous friends that knew her. The affection for Angeles was sincere and genuine. Everyone she knew were devastated to hear of her passing. We all admired the saintly qualities she displayed in her long life. For many of us that knew and loved her, she will always be remembered with great fondness and devotion.

For many of us that have lost a loved one or experienced a shocking event during the Christmas season, there can be bouts of depression or thoughts of sadness. While the true reason for the celebration of Christmas is the birth of Jesus, one can understand the rush of melancholy associated with the anxiousness of a catastrophe in our personal lives.

It has been 1 year since the mass shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut where 20 children and 6 faculty members were killed in a senseless act of violence. The complete devastation and horror of the event has injured the lives and the memories of those affected, for the rest of their lives. To pick up the pieces is unfathomable. The parents of these children and the families of the teachers along with friends, acquaintances and the entire nation, are still recovering from the grief strickened events of that grim December day.

All of us are affected by the events that have caused great suffering. Whether the challenges we face are in the past or have become a malady in the present, there will come a time in which we can reflect and begin the long process of healing, that is required to live again without unceasing pain. As a youngster, my 2 brothers and I were separated from our parents for 4 Christmas holidays, not knowing if we would ever be with them again. A situation such as this, over 50 years ago, will always be a permanent recollection. Perhaps this experience has brought forth my compassion for children unable to delight in the joyous celebration of Christmas. The Team Tot Toy Drive in a small way, is a contribution to help alleviate the plight of poor children living under unimaginable circumstances.

As a nation, many Americans have endured the loss of their homes due to foreclosure and have been unable to find comparable housing for their families. There are more homeless persons living in major cities, surviving the best they know how. Due to a stagnant economy, hard working Americans in the millions have lost their jobs and are unable to find gainful employment to feed their families. The newest conflagration for members of the middle class is the loss of one's health care, which can only create havoc during the holidays.

There are other personal and private experiences which will be remembered, and are much more pronounced during this holiday season. Many of us have burdens that we do not allow to share with others. There are times I wonder why bad things happen to good people, especially during Christmas. I am unable to answer this question but I am comforted by prayer, as it allows me to have a conversation with the Lord. There are times I recite this prayer to give me strength:

"Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself."

It is my desire for everyone to reconnect and embrace the Spirit of Christmas that may have been lost, from the calamities of a modern life in a fallen world.

MoneyTeam wishes you, your family and friends, a Very Merry Christmas!

Thanks Again

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Posted by Jesse Dorado on December 17th, 2013 12:17 AMPost a Comment

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