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Rev. Dr. Tonya Miles Shares How To Keep the Faith During The Holiday Season

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Rev. Dr. Tonya Miles, Dean of the Office of Spiritual Life and Engagement gave the benediction at the CAU graduation in 2019

The holidays are festive occasions for most people, but for some folks, it isn’t that fun. After a two-year lockdown, some family traditions changed. And even though it might be safe to go back to the hectic hustle and bustle, some folks are embracing the quieter celebrations, and some consider those changes canceling Christmas again! For some, the holidays are somber because they’ve lost family members and friends this year. I reached out to Rev. Dr. Tonya Miles the Dean of the Office of Spiritual Life and Engagement, to discuss facing the holidays with various emotions and how we can keep the faith no matter our circumstances.

I ask Miles what advice she gives to people struggling with the holiday season. She speaks to being honest with your feelings and acknowledging how your feel. When asked about how faith can help us. She shares that when we go back to the “reason for the season.” Remembering the story of Christ. No hotel and no home, but born in a manger. Miles says that the animal symbolism is intentional. Remember to count your blessings.

Some people get “caught up” in the season, and we overeat and overspend without considering the consequences. Miles speaks about moderation and pausing to think before we act.

While many still preach “end the year strong,” a counterargument is being made to end the year soft. To welcome the season with rest. Miles speaks about GOD being a comforter in times of joy and despair. She says that we should always extend grace even in contentious situations.

Miles shares her calling and how she became a Dean at CAU. She shares that the Chapel services are every Tuesday at 12 noon, and the community is welcome to attend. She also hosts a weekly devotional podcast.

For more information on Rev. Dr. Tonya Miles