Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A time to be giving

Let's cut to the chase. This is what I do every festive season. Every year when Christmas comes along, I tend to concentrate on the commercial meaning of Christmas. I fall over my feet just to get to the supermarket for a ham, a turkey and what not. And then on the day of Christmas Eve, I slip on my takkies to race to the shopping mall just to track down that last elusive present in the store. For who? A family member or friend? So quickly, I forget those who are less fortunate than myself. So quickly, I forget the lonely old lady walking along the busy street. So quickly, I forget the little boy rummaging through the dirt bin for some scraps to still his hunger. So quickly, I forget why Jesus Christ was born. So quickly, I forget to give Jesus a gift from ME!

Why is this so? Because I'm too wrapped up in MY-SELF. I'm more worried about:
washing the dishes
taking out the trash
doing the laundry
preparing the next meal

And the list can go on and on... But if I want the blessings of Christmas to be a true beacon in my life, I must forget about MY-SELF. The only way I will be able to do this, is by packing away all my emotional baggage into a suitcase and locking it away – just this once!

As I take a sip of my coffee, I pray that God will give me the grace to just open my heart and my mind to those who are less fortunate than myself. I ask HIM to allow me to stop and think about the real meaning of Christmas. I ask that I may not forget the actual reason why Jesus was born on Christmas Day. This special child was born to save us all. He was born to bring us Peace, Joy, Love and Hope. This precious gift was given to us, to share it with the world! Not to keep it to ourselves.

So, let us go out on a limb to Love more...

Let us give of ourselves to others unconditionally...

Let us give God a special gift from us to Him ...

For we know that in the town of David a Saviour will be born to us and HE is Christ the Lord. And we will be filled with joy and gladness and the world will rejoice at his birth.
Why? Because He is the Saviour of the World.

Let us rejoice and be glad,