Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Christmas is not only a period of festivity, eating, booze and partying. It is a time for reflection and meditation. Life is lived forward but it is understood backwards. We need to set specific measurable targets which we want to achieve as individuals. Christmas calls for the evaluation of the year. And perhaps the past year might not have gone well for you but we must never give up on God. For we are only defeated when we give up on God. Experiences have informed us that life is an alloy of sorrows and joy, good and bad, day and night. All things work together for good for those who love God and are called by his name, writes Apostle Paul.

Another thing which Christmas tells us is that God can lift us from no where to somewhere. Christ was born in manger. He came from Nazareth. Can anything good come from Nazareth? Darlene Zschech, the Australian songwriter writes ‘...taken me from the miry clay set my feet upon the rock.



In everything that we do for Christmas we must never forget about God and his begotten son Jesus Christ. And we need God in our lives. We may not be able to explain God in philosophical terms. Modern man may know a great deal of science- but this cannot eliminate God. Unfortunately some few theologians are trying to say that God is dead. Notable among them are Nietzsche and Bertrand Russell. What worry the most is that they could not tell us when and where He died. He is an immortal being. His first and last names are the same: I AM that I AM. He has no beginning, no end. No time can contain him. Life without Christ is like drama with most of the decisive scenes missing. Like Saint Augustine ‘we were made for God and our life will be restless until we find rest in him’.

Come, let us realize that Christmas is about him. It is a time for us to evaluate our lives according to the master plan of God. And as Rick Warren has beautifully summed up in his book Purpose Driven Life that life rests and revolves around Christ Jesus. Without this everything about life is meaningless chaos.