Policemen have been shot. Riots have been held when suspects/criminals have been shot.
World peace has not occurred (my secret Christmas wish each year is now out in the open).
Holidays, religious and secular, have passed. People still confuse the meanings and origins of various holidays and celebrate some in error.
Apologies if I sound pessimistic. That isn't my goal. I'm just looking at our country and global community with wide open eyes. Call me realistic.
In our own country, the two major parties are doing a dance now that the axis of power appears to have shifted. I keep hoping, yes praying, that they will start working TOGETHER for the betterment of the American citizen and not for people how come into our country illegally, seeking handouts, mooching off the working public. I hope, yes pray, they will work TOGETHER for the betterment of the working American citizen, the truly disabled, those who give a damn about our American pride, our rights, our freedoms. I pray, those who are here illegally will be shown the doorway and escorted OUT, that those who are here legally but mooch off everyone else are given initiative to EARN their keep, pay their taxes and be productive citizens of whom we can all be proud.
I'm praying a lot these days: for better health for those with health issues, for those who need employment (not just at staving wages), for those who need a living wage (the current minimum wage level is CRAP), for those who need homes, for those who serve and have served our country that they no longer wait for days/weeks/months for appointments, for those who are hungry that they may be fed by each of us, and that those who bluff at these listed needs be called out and taught not to embarrass themselves, our country, and not disgrace those of whom they mimic.
I pray for our children, that they be educated to have open minds, to accept that many viewpoints, beliefs, and facts exist, that they can look at all of those and see who they intertwine, rather than being prejudiced against religion or science. Those subjects, beliefs, and facts actually do intertwine and the wise person looks for the links, rather than pointing out that only one may be right. If we want to "coexist," then we must practice what we preach.
I pray that when there is evil, when there are unbalanced individuals with a moral center that is a true detriment to the existence of man and womankind, that we see it for what it is. Rampant killing serves no one. Rampant rape and abuse of children serves no one. Rampant tendencies to annihilate others based on their absence of the same philosophy serves no one. When one group strives to kill off the rest of us because of our color or because we do participate in their 'religion,' then they are a detriment to the existence of mankind and womankind, and yes, our children. Our people, of the globe, not just our country, MUST stand up to the infiltration of our countries -- we MUST fight back against those who strive to kill us off if we do not change our countries, our beliefs, our ways of life. We MUST be complacent no longer. We MUST inform our leaders it is time to protect independence, to protect our children, to protect our futures, to protect our existence!
I pray for each of you who takes time to read my words, whether I write infrequently, whether I ramble, or whether I'm up for heated debate. I thank each of you. I pray for you and your well-being in this new year. I pray you are refreshed, following the holidays you celebrated. We had an awesome Christmas with one section of our family. We rang in the new year quietly and then met up with family to visit and reminisce. All good things. We celebrated our faith in Christ, our love for our fellow men and women, and gave thanks for those who defend us.
I encourage you to eat healthy, to exercise (as your age, body, and doctor permit), to pray, to love, to live.
May God bless each of you, May God bless our world and ever living creature on it, May God bless those who strive to eliminate us, May God bless us everyone.