And that was it. I can't believe Christmas 2017 is over in just a blink. Everything just passed by so quickly that it's already the 26th of December! So, how did your Christmas go, everyone? Where and how did you spend it?
I spent my Christmas with relatives at Al Ruwais (200+ km away from the Abu Dhabi mainlands) Our travel was a little long this time. About 5 hours? There were parts of the road that wasn't that smooth that our car was making random noises on the way. We even thought the car's wheels had a problem that we had to slow down midway. Thankfully, we were able to reach my aunt's place and had the time to prepare for the Christmas eve party. Filipinos love Christmas food so we had a lot of them that night, and there's a karaoke set too-- with matching disco lights to top off the celebration. We unfortunately had to skip Christmas eve service at church because of the long travel, but I had such a fun time celebrating God's love & being reassured of it over and over with the rest of my family.
What is it about Christmas that we feel the need to celebrate?
For a lot of people, Christmas is so very often associated with family reunions, out-of-town trips, day off from work and the list goes on. All that and yet we all know that "the reason for this merry season is Jesus". Thousands of years ago, God promised a bunch of hopeless human beings who needed some fixing a rescuer or Messiah. Years went by, but God hasn't forgotten His promises and fulfilled them in the form of the God-man Jesus, who, being perfect in all His ways came to live with mankind and later died on the cross to give them life. Perhaps the lyrics of a Christmas song "a thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices" should still be applicable to us today. Imagine being doomed for eternity and suddenly a Savior comes to the rescue?
And that my friends, I believe is something worth celebrating!
Christmases are widely commercialized all around the world nowadays where the layers of food, gifts and festive ideas all cover its true meaning. If anything, celebrating Christmas should be an act of gratitude towards God for staying true to His promises to us. If Jesus hadn't come to the rescue, I bet we'd all have a miserable future to face.
I'm just so thankful to God for such a time like Christmas where, coupled with the celebration of the biggest gift He's given to us (Jesus), is a time off from the usual — a time to reflect, to recollect, to enjoy and to simply breathe. Breathe because there is hope. And that hope is found in Jesus alone.
I may be one day late, but I would still like to greet everyone a Merry Christmas! Whether you celebrated it in a grand or a simple way, know that what matters is how you celebrated it in the realms of your heart. May everyday not just the Christmas day remind us of God's great and immeasurable love for each and everyone of us!
Thanks for making it to this portion of the internet. I am truly grateful to each one of you for reading my entries! Most of what I've written here are unspoken words — words I wish I could've said or shared with anyone in person but has remained in my heart until I was able to write it in here.
My life's full of downs than ups, but through it all, I have seen and tasted the sweetness of God's grace and love. With that, I can tell you with a convinced heart that God is faithful, He is good and He never runs out of love for you and for me. Hope you enjoy your read(s)!
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