This Christmas

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It’s Christmas again. By this Christmas, I heard some sad news. It was about the Christmas celebration rejection from certain groups of people, and lately, we heard about the bomb terrors even I don’t know exactly what was it aimed for. Facing this situation, I think it is common for us to feel uncomfortable, insecure and may be a little worry. But I think it’s OK. We learned Christmas was about presents, celebrations and joy in a wrong way. I think instead of there is a joy because everything is going well according to our will, we have to learn that we still can find a joy in every situation, even in the worst one.

Let’s go back to two thousand years ago. When Christ was born, I think we got the same situation. Rejection, terror and difficulties, the baby Christ and his parents faced all of them. They had no room for Mary to deliver her Son. As a pregnant woman, I think it was very difficult to make a travel. The difficulties were increased when she need to bear but there was no one willing to provide a room. I think they must have been very sad, flustered and may be a little angry with the current situation. You know the next stories. Rejection didn’t interfere with the birth of Christ. In the middle of unexpected hardness and difficulties, Christ still be born, even He was born in the manner, an unsuitable place for a baby to be born. Could you imagine how can they have a joy? I myself couldn’t do it.

Was everything ends after He was born? No, it was not. They still had to face a terror because Herod wanted to kill the baby Christ. He ordered to kill every male infant. I couldn’t imagine the terror that each parents had to face, including Mary and Joseph. They must have feared and were forced to run to Egypt, where they lived as strangers, far away from their home town. Were they happy when they did it? I was sure they weren’t.

All of difficulties they had to face were caused by the baby Christ. However, they didn’t give up on Him. They faced everything because they believed in their Son. And I believe in every hard situation they had to face, they could find a joy and peace. I think that was Christmas.

Christmas this year made me learned to trust God in every situation. No matter how worst it was, God was still in control. Rejection, terror, difficulties can’t interfere God’s love for us. And we should imitate it. There should be nothing can stop spreading love to other, sharing goodness to the needed and testifying God’s grace in our life. We have no fear, we have a joy and peace because God grants them to us. And now, it depends to us for living the love that God has provided.

One more, may in this Christmas we learn to imitate Christ. Even the world rejected Him, no one welcomed His birth, but the shepherds and the magi, He still loves this world and he proved it by His death on the cross. He loves the people who hated Him, even they who crucified Him.

In this Christmas, may the peace and love always be with us. Merry Christmas.