How interesting that our traditions have similar roots
in how we celebrate who we are
and how our journeys have been shaped
There are eight days of Chanukah
Twelve days in the Christmas season
and eight days of Kwanzaa.
Each day is immersed in some meaning
or some holy verse
or some sacred thought.
There are those who would scoff at this ancient, wise
and exiled beloved community of the Divine.
And say that we, as a race, need to get our house in order
otherwise we have no reason or purpose
to celebrate Kwanzaa.
Today is Ujima, which means collective work and responsibility
Some say we are lacking-
But if they peer deeper into the mirror
they will see the reflection of their oppressive actions
denying us our basic humanity
therefore sometimes we do not see the trueness
of our meaning and purpose
of love, mercy and grace
that only the Creator can pour out
that only God breathed ruach into who we are
When we can stand to look into the mirror
and see past the pain, the sufferings, the torture heaped upon Black Bodies
perhaps then, we can begin
to strive towards Ujiama