DressemberDay9_Blue Christmas

Lyric of the Day: You’ll be doing alright, with your Christmas of white but I’ll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas. 

As Sung by the King of Rock, Elvis Presley in honor of re-wearing the dress I wore when I visited the historic RCA Studio B, where he recorded much of his work.

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Dressember Day 9

Dress:Like Mynded

Jacket: Kenneth Cole

Necklace: From a boutique in New Hampshire– a preserved mustard seed and a pendant that says “Faith of a mustard Seed”

Ankle Boots: Boutique9

As Christmas fast-approaches and we get caught up in the business that the season brings, trying to find just the right present or attend just the right amount of Christmas events, we have to remember that not everyone’s Christmas is White this year. There are many who will be experiencing pain and suffering beyond what we can imagine. To us, a blue Christmas is just a concept in a song. To the estimated 35 million slaves in our world, a blue Christmas is their reality.

In her book, Radically Ordinary, Marquita Burke-DeJesus said in her writings about working with child slaves in Cambodia, “I cannot fail these girls by diverting my eyes from the invisible residue of slavery that clings to them like a shadow.”

This quote, and book, is so convicting for me. Participating in this challenge is such a small act of faith that I stepped out in and although this cause is close to my heart and constantly in the back of my mind and in my prayers. But modern-day slavery is not my every day reality and it is something that I can easily forget about in the next decade, or year, or even month. So how do we remind ourselves of others’ suffering when it feels like we can’t do anything about it from such a distance? By not diverting our eyes because their pain is too uncomfortable for us. By never allowing our advocacy efforts to be silenced or put on the back burner, or invalidated. It’s fighting for the cause, each and every day. When I view the pain that this season brings millions of people, it’s not so hard to have a blue Christmas. In fact, we all should be having a blue christmas this year. We all must have a certain part of our hearts break in order to produce effective change in the problem of slavery throughout our world. Their experiences will not leave them, our passion for this cause should never leave us.

“Let it not be said that I was silent when they needed me.”- William Wilberforce.