Christmas is not your birthday. It is not your children’s birthday. It is the birthday of Jesus Christ.
So rather than asking “What am I getting?” or “What will I give to my children?” ask yourself “What will I give to Jesus on his birthday?”
May I suggest that you show Jesus that he did not suffer and die in vain and that you heard the truths that he brought us. Free yourself from greed, envy, judgement, competitiveness, consumerism, egotism and anger.
Prepare a simple meal for your loved ones. Tell each of them why you love them. Read to them the ‘sermon on the mount’.
Find a quiet place to be alone and tell Jesus of all of the blessings in your life that you are grateful for. Say a kind word to a stranger and do a kind deed for a stranger. Let Jesus’ love into your heart.
Jesus loves all of us: man, woman, gay, straight, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Sikh, Atheist, saint and sinner.
He never asked us to love him back. In his final words to mankind he asked us to “love each other as I have loved you”.
Douglas Whiley, Surf Beach.