We wish you hope

Christmas is a special time of year!

Houses are lit up with bright lights and adorned with pretty decorations.

The smell of Christmas cookies and other delicious treats fills the air.

Nostalgic movies and songs bring smiles to young and old.

The excitement of children waiting for Santa to arrive is contagious.

While those things are certainly nice, there’s a deeper meaning to Christmas. It’s a time when people come together and show their generosity to others. We’ve seen it locally as people donate to Secret Santa, Toys for Tots, Santa’s Senior Sock Project, and other worthy causes that help people.

Christmas brings hope, which is a nice change as there seems to be so much turmoil, negativity and hate in our world.

Actually, 2,000 years ago there were a lot of disputes between religions and sects. There were wars between countries. There was poverty and strife. But for one night – the night that Jesus was born in a manger – there was hope.

Hope is the thing that keeps people moving forward.

Hope is what motivates us to get up each and every morning.

Hope is what keeps prisoners alive.

Hope is what keeps teachers teaching and preachers preaching.

Hope is what keeps children in wonder.

In our community, hope is why we have groups of people working for causes in an effort to make Barnwell County a better place.

Hope is what keeps people in business and workers showing up to clock in.

Our hopes and desires differ from person to person, but we all know what it is to hope.

Christmas is about hope:

-Hope for peace

-Hope for understanding

-Hope for helping each other through trials and triumphs of life.

This Christmas, we wish you hope....

During Monday’s town council meeting, Blackville Mayor Michael Beasley said, “We really need to love one another.” While so many people are filled with hate, he encouraged people to be “changers” and find a way to touch one person’s life in a positive way.

Follow your star and figure out how to make our community and world a better place filled with hope.