I had the honor to witness a group of 46 people from 27 different countries become United States citizens. One of them being my best friend. Her family moved to the US from Egypt 10 years ago and all of them were naturalized this year. I had never been to a naturalization ceremony before and I will say that it was beautiful display of hope for our country.
During the ceremony, each country that was represented was announced, and as the individuals from their respective countries stood you could see the pride they have for their home, but even more so you could see the excitement they had knowing that in a few short moments they would be US citizens. At one point the judge welcomed our new citizens and urged them to educate us about their cultures while embracing ours.
I know we are currently living in a time where there is a lot of tension. A lot of anger and hurting. A lot of people feeling as if they are unheard, unseen, and unimportant. And it was refreshing seeing a room full of people proud to finally call themselves Americans despite what they see in the news.
In light of everything that has been happening. I want to remind you that there is still hope! No matter how many hurricanes, fires or earthquakes. No matter who or what you are protesting. No matter how many senseless acts of violence. There will ALWAYS be hope for a better tomorrow!
NEVER stop standing up for what you believe and ALWAYS maintain hope.
You ARE heard, your efforts ARE seen and one day they WILL create change.
A life without hope is a difficult life to live. Personally, my hope comes from my relationship with Jesus Christ. Where does you hope come from? I’d love to discuss in the comments below.
In the meantime, I am praying for you and our nation as a whole! As always breaking comfort zones and rising to the occasion.