It's almost Christmas again! I am seeing houses and trees covered with Christmas lights. The malls are too crowded to go there to relax recently. People are happy. Christmas songs are being played almost everywhere! But what really is it for us that we feel different when it’s Christmas?
I hate to say it but I hate when Santa Claus and his images covering the whole city. Even in our local malls, I am seeing more of Santa Claus than the Savior who came to save us thousand years ago.
So, I decided to look for Jesus in details. We know that God is in details. I tried hard but I only had a limited place to check to look for it. You may want to make your own version. But here, I want to share what I found.
|It reads J-E-S-U-S.|
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give a birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel. —Isaiah 7:14
…An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” —Matthew 1:20-21
As we celebrate this season, let us not forget the very reason why we have Christmas in the first place. Thank You, Jesus.
ARTICLE UPDATES: This was first published on my old blog (Reporting Fernand Yim) on December 19, 2011—few weeks before my first child was born. But now that I have two children, I feel a little different towards Christmas. I feel excited in a different way. This time it is for them. I think Christmas is really different in the eyes of children. As their father, along with my wife, we make sure that our children understand the true reason why we Christians celebrate Christmas. It is a joyful season to celebrate and to declare the love and grace of God through Jesus.
1. An empty bench in Community Hospital, San Pablo City
2. Belt holder in dressing room, SM department store
3. Man-made lake, Intramuros, Manila
4. Left over wood, at our backyard
5. Simple chandelier in Community Hospital, San Pablo City