He is born…a King in Bethlehem…Follow the Star…Herod and his plot…the Angels…Joseph…Mary…Familiar?
The Festive season is finally here… “The Most Wonderful time of the year”so the song goes.Shopping malls are as busy as no ones’ business,traffic is crazy on the roads from morning to night…I mean the rush is just out of this world.I look around and all I see is some kind of mutation in people!The world would be a better place with such excitement in the air all year round.
In the hustle and the bustle of Christmas or the festive season,let us not forget the reason as to why the festive season exists in the first place.Christmas goes beyond your favourite Christmas carols,your fav nyamchom joint,chapatiz,soda or mandazis,it goes beyond that outfit you are customizing in order to ‘dress to kill’ Christmas is more than partying,sleeping and repeating the cycle…Oh the Christmas tree looks so mwaaah by the way but ah ah thats not what Christmas represents…sorry guyz!
Three weeks ago I was serving a customer at my place of work and he was like, “It’s December so what?”…I laughed hysterically and asked him why there was so much negative energy around him concerning the month of December.He told me that during this time of the year what happens is,people have unrealistic expectations.So the curious me notices he has a ring on his finger and voila!…I add one plus one in my head and actually get two!I imagine his wife asking him to take her to that expensive hotel or resort in Mombasa and his children on the other hand asking him for toys,clothes and more toys…his extended family expecting an ‘Mpesa’ (A mobile money transfer service from the service provider Safaricom),from him to make the day a celebration…. “Poor guy” I think to myself. I know he is not the only one,his feelings are justified I must say.
Is all this hype what Christmas is all about?…At the end of that transaction we just laughed everything off and bid each other goodbye.
Trying to understand Christmas has been quite a journey for me.I get where people are coming from,I was there too and I do not blame us.Lets say Society has it, that during this period Christ should be taken off the picture to make it X-mas or Happy Holidays?…Well?
There is so much peace in reconciling the joys of this season with the reason behind the joy itself.It is just remarkably amazing!There is a yearning and longing for this time of the year when that ‘light bulb’ actually lights!
Frank Mc Kibben helps us enforce the meaning of Christmas when he states,
“This is Christmas,not the tinsel,not the giving and receiving,not even the carols,but the humble heart that receives a new,wondrous gift,The Christ”
The reason behind Christmas is Christ!He is why we celebrate this time of the year in the first place,without whom January to Dec would be same old,same old routine.It is during this season we remember Gods’ love towards humanity.This was the beginning and still is a reminder of the plan of Salvation to the fallen human race.
Looking at the Christmas story in the Bible,we notice Jesus escaping death by a whisker during Herods’ tenure and at the end of it all,He overcomes death on the third day!Isn’t this amazing!
Christmas reminds us of what love really means in light of John 3:16;
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Vs 17 says,
“God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,but save the world through him”
The message of Christmas is that of love.It is a moment of taking stock of your own life,in light of walking in love as seen in the above scripture.It is a moment of reflection.Do you know how hard it is for a mother to give away her child?…It is like a part of her soul leaves her,some have fallen into depression for this and even died at the end!Yet God loved us too much to give away His only…please note the word only Son.
I came across another quote by Eric Sevareid,who stated,
“Christmas is a necessity.There has to be atleast one day of the year to remind us that we are here for something else besides ourselves”
God gave and therefore we are admonished to give.
He loved us too much,we are admonished to set aside our bitterness,strife and anger and allow love to sit in our hearts because what matters to God is what is in our hearts.
Christmas is much larger than us.It is Christ,the precious gift.As we endeavour to celebrate,let us not forget the reason for the season.Let us not forget Gods’ undying love for us and above all,let us not forget to love,not just in December but all year round.
George Mc Dougall, a Methodist Missionary,puts the Icing on the cake when he states,
“Best of all Christmas means a Spirit of love,a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness,a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God”
Merry Christmas everybody and may the Joys of this season burst forth towards your fellow men!…Don’t drink and drive…(Doesn’t sound right…Breathalizers are all over by the way BEWARE!Haha!)
Do not drink at all coz thats not what Christmas is about!(BETTER)
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