Thursday, December 24, 2009

'Tis indeed.

I am all geared up to write if only to greet you all a blessed Christmas.  I don't suppose anyone will have the time to sit down in front of the computer on Christmas day, though, what with all the hype and rush, but I am taking my chances.

I think of all the Christmases past, and how they compare with this year's.  I think of the Philippines heated up not only by the Mayon volcano acting up in Albay, but also by the horrendous political goings-on there.  I think of the thousands of Filipinos who are brilliant, capable of making names around the world, whose talents remian untapped because of lack of opportunity.  I think of those to whom opportunity is given, but who happen to be wasteful, arrogant, deceitful, and greedy.  I think of all the blessings laid out before me, and how I have used and (squandered) many.  I think of the friends I made and kept, and those who have betrayed me for personal gain.   I thnk of hearts I have broken, and those who have broken mine.  But I push them all away, clear my mind of cobwebs, and look forward.

This is the Season of Nativity, when the Lord has shown us great mercy through the birth of His Son.  I think and I think deep, of the times I had thought I was not worth redeeming, of my unworthiness in His eyes.  But this Season, I think even more.  Of hope and renewal, of acceptance and forgiveness.  I think of all the hurts I caused because I judged people to be less than I.  I think of my own weaknesses and how I can transcend them and perhaps improve myself.  I think of ways to make this Christmas different from the others - beyond all the cooking and gift-giving, and trimmings and nice clothes.  The smiles will hold.  The hugs will not be mere politeness.  Perhaps that way, I will continue to touch more lives.


This article is for all the family and friends I cherish and keep.  I know we've all been busy one way or another.  But I thank you for always remembering.  Here's to you - for your loyalty, respect, and love.  May your life continue to be full, may the Lord watch and keep you, may you be blessed this Holy Season and always.

'Tis indeed the time to embrace each other and give thanks.


Happy Christmas, one and all!

23 comments:

betchai said...

Che, so glad to hear from you again. Merry Christmas, and it's great to see the joyful picture of celebrating this season.

you have been missed, but I know we all can get busy. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

rainfield61 said...

Yes, so glad to hear from you again.

Let forget all the the sadnesses, and Merry Chirstmas to you and your family.

Misalyn said...

Yehey! You're back and just right in time.

Happy holidays to you Ma'am Cherie and to your family and friends.

Dea said...

Merry Christmas to you to! I hope your Christmas is the best ever!

and as the others already said: its nice to see you back!

Icy BC said...

Merry Christmas, to you and your family!

I've been missing you, and thinking about you. Glad to hear from you.

Gypsy said...

What a truly lovely photo of your family Cherie and it's good to see a post from you.

Of course Christmas is now over in this part of the world but I hope yours was everything you hoped for.

Karinann said...

Cheri,
Glad to see you back.
Merry Christmas!

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

I have missed you. So glad to see you back! Hope you and your a joyous, healthy and blessed Christmas and New Years!

Whitemist said...

Yea! you are back!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Just remember we have till little Christmas in January to celebrate!

rjs mama said...

merry christmas to you and your family too

buday said...

Happy New Year, madir!
Bongga your boots, hehe.

cherie said...

thought about you all the time, beth. hope you're having a good one with khai and the rest of your family.

merry Christmas to you, too, rainfield! still going on treks?

uy, kumusta ka na, joy? merry Christmas to you and your family and friends likewise!

every Christmas is the best for me, i love it, and wish it could stay. thanks so much, dea! hope you're having a good one!

thought about a lot, too, dear Icy! i pray for a blessed year for you and yours.

my dear gypsy, i keep you in my prayers and hope you are in the best of spirits, as well as in the best of health when you read this. happy holidays, my friend.

thank you karinann. i have missed you and will soon be over at your site when things settle down in this side of town.

my dear judy, i have missed you, too and your pearls of wisdom. i know you're doing a whole lot of cooking again. i wish you and your family the best of this Season!

hi, sir Joey! yes! Christmas is not over till next month, ha! i hope you are well, i keep you in my prayers.

thank you, rjs. i wish you and your family the same.

haha! didi lang pwede, dida, dili kay kiritaon ka. merry Krismas! nano ginluto mo?

rainfield61 said...

I had my Christmas morning at Cerok Tokun, talking to trees, and hoping to see any footprints of the reindeer....

doroastig said...

at last...
Belated Merry Christmas and a Bountiful New Year...

Droomvla said...

Ay sus, relate na relate ako sadi. Nag gugurang na baya talaga kita? LOL

Merry Christmas, Cherie! Nice to see you back. Na-miss ko an mga blogs mo, pero ako man ngani, naghibernate man. hahahaha

Wishing you GOOD HEALTH, GOOD FRIENDS, GOOD LIFE, and HAPPINESS in the coming NEW YEAR! :)

betchai said...

Hi Che, same here, was always thiking of you. Yes, Khai and I had a wonderful Christmas, well, everyday is always wonderful :) despite being busy sometimes, but now, enjoying my vacation at home.

Ricardo said...

Well, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I'm so glad to see you back. We missed you.

maricar said...

Merry Christmas Che! glad to hear from you, like i wrote to my Christmas card, I miss you Che...

We wish you and your Family a Blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year,

cherie said...

i am so happy for you, rainfield. we see plenty of deer now, too, in these parts.

sainyo rin po, manoy doro, maraming salamat po sa pagbati...

diyot ko pa ini i-delete, mayad kay naka-relate ka lamang, kunswelo. kahuhugak na baga magsurat pag nagpundo ka, ano? hala, same wishes from me to you, my dear. happy, happy new year, maris!

so happy for you and khai, bethsky. praying for the best of the coming year for you both!

i've missed you, too, RL! i am back to enjoy your colorful blogs!

thank you, maricar, and i wish you and michael the best of the Season!

kulasa said...

hello Che! miss you sis! mmmwaaahhh!!!! "I think and I think deep, of the times I had thought I was not worth redeeming, of my unworthiness in His eyes."- love the way you said that sis....May you have a Happy New Year! Hi to Matt and AJ!

Ayie said...

I am really late but belated holiday cheers to you and your family.

cherie said...

hi, zen, happy new year to you and yours!

same to you, aying! have a blessed one!

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