CLAIM THE VICTORY OF A NEW YEAR: January 1, 2023

2022 was filled with challenges, but the good news is that
the pandemic seems to be behind us.
As we reflect on losses as well as successes,
we move forward into 2023
with the faith of the seventh principle
of Kwanzaa, Imani.
May we be strengthened with
the resolve of faith that withstands the test of time,
realizing that each breath is the holy instant
and each relationship is sacred.

Imani (Faith): 
believing beyond the flesh and trusting with the Spirit.


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HYMN OF THE CHERUBIM by Pyotr Iiyich Tchaikovsky
MOUNTAIN HARE KRISHNA by Krishna Das
BLESSING by Peter Kater
PSALM 23 (SURELY GOODNESS, SURELY MERCY)
and PSALM 34 (TASTE AND SEE)
by Shane and Shane

Symbols of Kwanzaa include:

Mazao (Crops): these crops symbolize African harvesting celebrations as well as the rewards of productivity and collective labor.

Mkeka (Mat): the mat symbolizes the foundation of the African Diaspora–tradition and heritage.

Kinara (Candleholder): the candleholder symbolizes African roots.

Muhindi (Corn): corn represents children and the future, which belongs to them.

Mishumaa Saba (Seven Candles): emblematic of Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of Kwanzaa. These candles embody the values of the African Diaspora.

Kikombe cha Umoja (Unity Cup): symbolizes the foundation, principle and practice of unity.

Zawadi (Gifts): represent parental labor and love. Also symbolizes the commitments that parents make to their children.

Bendera (Flag): the colors of the Kwanzaa flag are black, red and green. These colors were originally established as colors of freedom and unity by Marcus Mosaih Garvey. The black is for people; red, the struggles endured; and green, for the future and hope of their struggles.

May we be united in the faith that all things come together for our good, that the universe conspires to help us, that we can judge not by appearances but by righteous judgment.

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