That’s Christmas to Me

(Here I am, alone in my room, few minutes after having my daily alone time with God. The garbage truck’s music is playing like a lullaby in the background. It’s amusing to me that they have sounds nowadays and if it’s not the same for you, maybe the fact that Christmas songs are being played would change your mind. Well, somehow, that makes the work of garbage men more tolerable although I think the primary purpose for it is to let the people know they are ready to pick up some trash; clearly not for entertainment. Okay, so before I get hooked up with talking about these stuff, I guess I’d better share briefly why I’m writing this entry.

My body was aching at some parts earlier this morning. No doubt, it must be due to the exercise I had last Sunday. I decided to lie down on my bed for a short while and I took this relaxed state to pray to God. I released my burdens to Him, all in full surrender. And during my meditation, I felt impressed to write something about Christmas. Well, the entry from Our Daily Bread for today was related to the yuletide season. And because, after my date with the Lord, I felt better; this would somehow serve as a token of gratitude to Him.





It’s that time of the year again. Malls filled with lots of people busy shopping for presents. Houses fondly decorated with all kinds of ornaments and luminous with the various colored lights. Parties celebrated here and there with people eating their hearts out and talking nonstop. Melodious carols echoing in the air and complementing the smiles on the faces of the ones singing. Traffic, a mere proof that everyone seems so preoccupied during the holidays. Yes, all of these tell us that it’s Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year as one song puts it. And I agree, with all the enjoyment and cheer around us; we can’t help but feel wonderful! But come to think of it, is Christmas wonderful just because of what we do or what keeps us going? Is there a bigger and more important reason why we should feel wonderful?

The answer is YES! Actually, it is not of being greater or of more importance. I believe it is the only cause for us to experience the “Christmas wonder.” And this is no other than the birth of Jesus Christ, a humble and beautiful manifestation of the Father’s love for all humanity! Just imagine how marvelous that starry night was when God was made Incarnate in human flesh. Joseph and Mary holding the baby who was born no place else but a lowly stable and filled with the wonder that only faith in God could evoke. The shepherds awestruck with the heavenly choir of angels who brought them great tidings and with the lovely sight of the Holy Child, the Promised One of Israel. The three Kings from the East, full of determination to find the Son of God and divine intervention paved the way for them to do so through a radiant star. As I think about what I’ve just written, I cannot help but feel the same way as did the people who witnessed the long prophesied arrival of Jesus! With the flashing images of the Nativity in my mind, my heart is lifted up in joyous delight and in sincere thanksgiving to the One Who came to save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).

I invite you, dear reader, to take the time to contemplate fully the true reason for the season: Jesus. His birth precedes his death and both events are stark reminders of what unconditional love God has for me, for you, for all of us. Yes, all the traditions and customs with family and friends make the season fun and memorable but without losing sight of the real essence of Christmas, let us celebrate its wonder each day of our lives until Jesus comes again!*

*As a Seventh Day Adventist Christian, I don’t believe that December 25 was the exact day when Jesus was born thousands of years ago. Even Bible scholars think so too. (This is explained in many commentaries.)  I don’t celebrate Christmas believing the common notion of people. But what I do believe is that every day is and should be Christmas because we need to have Christ borne within us (plus not technically but symbolically since Christmas has always been associated with giving love and spreading cheer and we need not do so only on this day.) ‘Nakikisabay lang ako but I know what I believe in.’

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