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Navigating the Holidays: Embracing Uncertainty in a World of Answers

Have you noticed the world is full of answers? You name it, and there’s a cure, the truth, a product, a religion, or a diet. There is an answer for all that ails you. If you don’t believe me, just open up your social media or pay closer attention to the ads on television. We are inundated with so many answers, and only most of them will cost you money. Of course, religion is free–that is, until you join a religious group. Then see how long you can last before making your first donation to the cause, the faith, or the organization.

Now, I’ve been a Christian all of my life. And here is where I choose my words very carefully. I’m sure I will have read and reread these next few thoughts many times before you will lay eyes on them. As a lifelong Christian, I don’t have the answers. And although I am a huge fan of Jesus, love what he did in his lifetime, and believe everything he said, I still have questions. And I have to believe it’s okay and doesn’t reflect my faith or lack of faith.

I would even bet that if you are Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist, or Scientologist, you have unanswered questions too. Isn’t that wonderful? I love that we have questions and are seeking more answers because it proves we are not animals and we have free will! And since we’re already outside of the box, let’s take this thought a little bit further. If one religion, product, or book had all the answers, don’t you think word would get around and the product wouldn’t stand a chance of staying on the shelf, so to speak? Word would get around like wildfire because if your questions were answered, your life and mine would be perfect, and we would finally have peace and good will on Earth. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.

If you have questions this time of year or any time of year, have hope and know you are not alone. If nothing else, it’s the two of us who don’t quite fit into a box like everyone else.

Now, speaking as a Christian again, I love that I have questions and am continuously searching in my faith. If my faith isn’t strong enough to handle my questions, I might as well try a different religion. So, during this very religious holiday season, if you have doubts, keep asking because I’m guessing no one has found all the answers. But your faith might.

And what works for me, what gives me answers, are things I have searched long and hard for and are uniquely mine. And what gives you peace and hope, I know you have also searched long and hard for. May this holiday season bring you even more peace, hope, and promises for the future.

Trudy Wakefield

Trudy is the owner and editor for The Bloom. The Bloom's dedicated to showcasing all the good parts of life. If it's good news, you'll probably find it here.

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