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Published:December 19th, 2014 10:50 EST
Christmas Just Ain`t Christmas Without the One You Love

Christmas Just Ain`t Christmas Without the One You Love

By SOP newswire2

Christmas Just Ain`t Christmas Without the One You Love

By Deborah Smith Simpkins

The above title contains the lyrics to one of my favorite Christmas songs as I find the meaning to hold true. The holiday season is all about love and loved ones. The birth of Christ and the love He shared with the world is my reason for the season. But this holiday, I can`t help but to ponder what will Christmas be like for the families of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and countless others who will be absent of ones they love?

At a time when families should be united in love, we as a country are divided with hate. As a woman of faith and particularly a woman of color, this Christmas will have a different perspective for me than most. Instead of concentration on traditional things like trees, lights, and gift giving, I`ll be mediating on problem
solving and change. I`ll be asking my family and community to join me in prayers, conversations and thorough discussions about actions we can take to bring about real change.

I will be leading discussions with elected officials as to how we as a community can collectively come together and make a difference. I have 3 sons and a husband and I couldn`t imagine having to face Christmas or any other day without them and dread the thought that they may be harmed by a system
designed to protect them. I wish I could write something more cheerful during this holiday season but the truth is Christmas this year has been blemished by the current events of our nation. My heart has been touched by the experience of these families. So much so, that even my personal family experiences have
been altered. I am hugging my sons more, and having the discussion more often of how to react in certain situations in hopes of keeping them alive.

What this Christmas and my faith personally mean to me is that we are in a state of emergency. We need to activate our prayer lines, re-enforce our relationship with God, and propel real actions to bring our communities together for the good of the people " ALL people. This Christmas will mark the resolution of the Simpkins family to get involved and take action to ensure our belief that Black Lives Matter is evident and taken seriously. God is not pleased!

The trending hashtag #Criminwhilewhite was a real eye opener. I am grateful for their honesty and truthfulness to help others see we have a problem in our justice system. This Christmas, let us join together not in hate but in love. And as we celebrate the birth of Christ, may His birth be a reminder of the love needed within our own hearts to eliminate the hate of one another`s differences! Christ is love and we have to get back to that as nation.

About Deborah Smith Simpkins:
Deborah is a powerful motivational speaker, minister and entrepreneurial book publisher. Her life and spiritual walk is testament to the way God`s providence allows for pain, setbacks and challenging obstacles " but always with a rebirth and a sequel in mind. A preacher`s kid (PK) who grew up immersed in The Word, she has seen her share of church politics. Her latest novel Ministers with White Collars & Blacks Secrets: The Truth exposed is a testament of not only what she witnessed in the church, but what she has experienced for herself.

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