I've Gotta Believe

During this season we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and others; or we celebrate the joys of shopping, decorations, gifts, and family.

Yet, we are in the midst of one of the most trying times in my life time.

Globally: the election, Aleppo, genocide.

Locally: the unveiled racism, sweeps of houseless persons with nowhere to go, still praying for Rene Lima Marin to be released, unpunished murderers, and the list goes on and on.

On an individual level, depression is high during this time of year, mourning and grieving the loss of a loved one, a job, or even good health seems to make this jolly season a difficult one.

Yet, in the midst of it all, I’ve gotta believe there is something more, something greater, something to look forward to, and something to remain hopeful for. As a faith community, we are taught in many different ways to be in the world and not love it; to love G-d, Allah, Jehovah, the Universe and not the ways of the world; to be transformed by the renewing of our minds; to seek G-d first and all other things shall be added; and most of all we are taught that we are spiritual beings powerful beyond measure.

We have the power to come together and shift the atmosphere to one of love, peace, and humanitarianism.

Beloved, we have the power to be the change we want to see. Not exclusively as defenders of our faith, race, or beliefs but has human beings with a spiritual prowess and power to reject the status quo and insert a narrative that is humane, loving, forgiving, compassionate, empowering, and just.  

I’ve gotta believe we can and will do this and so much more.  I’ve gotta believe there are more good people in this world than the corrupt.  I’ve gotta believe there is a reason this is happening. And that reason is to awaken the power within, draw us close, to be the righteous change this world needs. I’ve gotta believe good overcomes evil and love trumps hate.

Faith leaders, I believe right now. Will you believe with me? Then, and only then can we be the personal, local, global change we want to see ~ Together!

Believing,

- Rev Tawana Davis

Rev. Tawana Davis is a Co-Founder and Consultant of Soul 2 Soul LLC – a faith-based consulting firm focused on racial justice, healing and liberation – and serves on the Board of Directors for:  Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence (IREE), and Downtown Denver Expeditionary Schools.