Revisiting the essence of Christmas

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Sunday, December 22, 2013


THE holidays are rolling in again. The festive seasons feel like they happened only yesterday, huh? But after the series of unfortunate episodes, Christmas seems so far away. Looking back, you probably have those glorious celebrations since you can remember until nature ripped off your house to the core. Why God allows things to happen—when all you ever want is to be happy because it’s Christmas—is, yes, a mystery.

But it’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. Come on, you can do better than being a cynic hibernating in your bear cave until the season is over.

Christmas only happens once a year. Make it last. Make it meaningful.

A blessed Christmas

PROBABLY, Christmas will never be the same again after everything that has happened (the earthquake and the super typhoon). But when you’re worried and you can’t sleep, what do you do? Right! You count your blessings instead of sheep until you fall asleep counting your blessings. At least that’s what the timeless song suggests [by Jose Mari Chan, Count Your Blessings (Not Sheep)].

Rebuke yourself. Not that there’s anything wrong with it but there’s more to parties and all that secular notions of Christmas. For believers, the Bible says via the prophet Isaiah that for unto us a child is born, to us a son is given.

A mere baby, a total stranger to the world in a stinking manger. What’s in it for you, dear downer? Well, you know what happened. Jesus Christ came, saw and conquered! Birth literally means life. Obviously, His birth gave you life. He is a reason second to none why you should be ecstatic about Christmas even if you’re just scrimping on your celebration.

Be thankful for salvation, life and everything in between. You’re too blessed to be depressed. Cheers for Christmas!

The gift of time

WE'RE always rushing, rushing to get the job done at work, rushing through traffic to get from one appointment to the next, that we often lose sight of the people we ought to be also spending our time with. We end up ‘scheduling’ them, squeezing them in right after the meeting at 5 p.m., before running off to a dinner meeting or a business trip or so.

There is nothing wrong with being particular with time and pursuing goals, yet we should neither forget the people who have, in their own ways, helped and led us to where we are now: our family, friends and loved ones.

This Christmas take a break, turn off your mobile phones and spend a little more extra time with those who have touched your lives. In this fast-paced world where time has become a rare commodity, there is no gift as precious, as meaningful and quite importantly, as priceless as that.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 23, 2013.

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