The Right Reason

nativity sceneMany prepare for Christmas a long time before the day itself. Some even feel ‘Christmassy’ when the ‘ber’ months pile in. Some begin their shopping early. While others go far to find that perfect bargain, some fly great distances just to buy the most expensive for the most loved. Many take time cooking that special dish for that special day or dress up their homes. Most of us make sure that Christmas day will be fun and festive, indeed a very special day.

How about that first Christmas night? All grandeur and festivities were absent that humble night. Not a firework in the sky except for that GPS-like star. Not much festivities also, aside from the lowly shepherds in awe at what they witnessed. Yes, great lengths were travelled, not to buy gifts, but to give them-gold, frankincense, myrrh-all brought from afar for someone unknown and… well… unloved by many. The simplicity of this night might make contrasts with the festivities of our own.

But this simple night is what its all about. It’s the bridge between ‘in the beginning’ and ‘it is finished’. It’s John 3:16 heard from a baby’s cry. It’s salvation Himself born. Grace in the flesh – Jesus.

He is what this season is all about. Let us remember that the best gift we can give Him is a lost soul. The best meal we can have is His Words. And the best time to share Him is today.

A blessed Christmas to all.

Jeffrey

I want you first to check out that picture attached dito sa note.

Now when you’ve seen that old owner-type jeep, I want you to look carefully at the roof. No, there ain’t no ghost 😛

At the roof of the jeep, I lie there almost every night. Then I watch the stars. Then, pray.

Tonight’s night sky displayed more stars than the other night’s night-sky. They are also more vivid. They are also, more enlightening. They are better than the blinking lights on our Christmas tree. Their beauty can’t be matched by fireworks. The cold and gentle wind rushed and met my face and my whole body. The leaves from the branches from the neighborhood tree tickled my ears. I can almost neglect the annoying mosquitoes. I can almost forget about everything. Including my worries. My problems. My mistakes.

An idea was shot to my mind – to take a picture of the wondrous beauty of the night-sky. I quickly jumped off that car roof and rushed to get the camera. I took a picture of the night-sky, but was so disappointed since the only light I saw was that of Venus (yes, I adjusted everything in the camera already). I thought that maybe, this masterpiece was meant for only me to see. And I thought that I must be so special.

I suddenly had a desire to have her beside me to watch the night sky with me. It would be so romantic. If she doesn’t mind the mosquitoes, that is.

Then it just came to me that December 25 is just days away. And another worry came to me: the presents! I don’t have enough money! I tilted my head and looked at the three linear stars from Orion and whispered, “Oh God. I know it’s a very common problem, and I know millions are having the same problem, but would You please at least remind me to be thrifty this week? And also, bless me and my family, in Jesus’ name Amen.”

Yes. Whenever I encounter a financial problem, I pray. That may seem unlikely for me, but I do it. And if I don’t, I’d be constantly worrying about how and where to get money (as if I have mouths to feed), (and as if, my allowance isn’t the only source of money I have). Then I spent a couple of minutes budgeting the possibilities.

I looked at the night sky again and saw that more stars appeared and they seemed to be more vivid than ever. Again, I cast off my worry and admire the stars, and feel the cold December wind.

I went inside my room, (darn mosquitoes), and realized that I’ve been lying in that roof for only more than an hour. It made me think, because I thought I was lying there for more than that.

Since I felt the urge to share that moment, I typed this and tagged you, hoping that this is worth your time 🙂

No, I am not the writer.
Yes, it is my son
… in whom I am well pleased.