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.