I know it’s kinda late posting it but I just want to write it down.
Since I went abroad on 2004, 13 years working to the country I called my second home, 2017’s CHRISTmas was celebrated for the first time in my hometown. How was it? Hmmmm…..
Back in Bahrain, CHRISTmas was normally celebrated with my spiritual family. We follow a program design solely to celebrate JESUS’ Birth and giving gifts and exchanging gifts to close friends and foooooood!!! It’s always being celebrated with so much joy because the real reason for this season was given an appreciation and remembered that without HIM being human, being born, we’ll not enjoy the grace, mercy, salvation and excitement that we, as believer, have been exploiting and enjoying so to say. Plus the weather is really really nice – cold and fashionable.
Back here in my hometown, 2017’s CHRISTmas was like: I often hear my mother complains about not having food in the table to prepare with, no spirit of CHRISTmas because no Christmas Tree or Christmas decorations inside the house. And as the day itself is fast-approaching, the complains are getting noisier and louder. Here comes the day itself, viola! There are food prepared in the table, delicious and yummy food BUT no ones enjoying it. WHY? Because some are already sleeping because they can’t cope up staying late, some are still full from the sumptuous dinner and some are not present because they got an invitation from friends. I kept on explaining to my complainer that “handa” or “media noche” is NOT the thought or significance of CHRISTmas but it’s JESUS’ Birth. And I think this statement was just being said to the air that she can’t understand it.
And you know what happened next? The food that was prepared supposedly for media noche lasted for 3 days. Well in that case, we save a bit for lunch and dinner.
My assessment for the whole thing is that JESUS is THE Way, THE Truth and THE Life. He alone can satisfy us. HE totally gets it when there are no food during media noche or no gifts being given to your mom or nieces or godchildren. HE understands our situation that sometimes we have so much and nothing at all. HE still loves us so dearly. HE will still come for us to be saved and to have a relationship with HIM. Too bad that some kept numb on what HE offered us instead they still want to kept their tradition and what for them is nice. It’s sad as well that these people are your family and you also want them to experience HIS scandalous grace. Well, I still believe in the saying that “you and your household will be saved!”.
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