Our lives are about waiting. As OFWs and Expats around the world, we wait for our annual vacations, weekends away from work, monthly pay to send remittance to our family back home, promotions, greater opportunities, new beginnings and better economy for our nation. We spend our lives waiting.
We wait for our hopes and dreams, for justice, freedom, opportunity and prosperity. We wait in line in movie theater counters, bank tellers, at bus stops. We wait for new love opportunities or perhaps reconciliation with our love, friends or neighbor. We keep hoping. We keep waiting and not always patiently.
And now this month of December, along with billions of Christians around the world, we are waiting for Christmas day. We are waiting for the promise of Christmas just like every year; we hope that this Christmas will be different, better than last Christmas.
But Christmas is not just about waiting. If we keep focus on what Christmas will bring to us, we may be let down and end up disappointed. We need to remember that Christmas is a celebration, not of what might be or what we hope to see.
Beyond waiting for Christmas, we celebrate a CERTAINTY, NOT A HOPE.
We may not get many things that we hope for this Season, but we will never be disappointed this Christmas if we see that it is a celebration of what we have already received. We are to anticipate that Christmas will awaken in us anew; the reality of God has given us in the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.
With barely 3 weeks before Christmas, while we are waiting for Christmas, let us pray that your wishes be acceptable to God and may our prayers be heard. And this Christmas let us prepare ourselves in receiving the joy of God's love to be born in us again, our long journey will soon be over as we pray that may God comes to us in our waiting.
In Christ, our waiting is over. In Christ God is with us - Merry Christmas.
“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. [1 John 5:11-12 (New King James Version)]
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