Archive | December 2012

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME!!!

christmas 2007

christmas 2007 (Photo credit: paparutzi)

When I was young, Christmas meant a lot of things to me. It was a time when I would get a new dress and a pair of shoes. A time to travel to the upcountry, hang out with family members and savour lots of culinary delights.

It was during this time that we would recite memory verses in Sunday school and sing joy to the world, silent night and other Christmas carols with no care.

Thinking about Santa would not slip my thoughts. I knew he was a man who said Ho! Ho! Ho! and my mum told me he gave candy and toys to children who were in their best behaviour…I tried to be the best kid hoping that Santa would notice and give me gifts:-) It never happened!

As I grow up, the meaning of Christmas has become redefined in my life. Having a new dress and new shoes is not a big deal anymore. I understand that amidst all that comes with the festive season, it is vital to remember that Jesus Christ is the main reason for the day.

Jesus was born unto us. He was born to be our mighty saviour even when we were buried deep into our transgressions. He was born to guide us, protect us and remind us of God’s unfailing love and promises to our lives. He was born to be our wonderful counselor and the prince of peace.

As we celebrate Christmas, we should keep in mind the main reason for the season. We ought to thank God for the gift of Jesus Christ to us. We should reflect on our lives and redefine our walk with God.

It is important to extend our hands to the destitute in the society. To show them God’s love through our kind gestures and share with them no matter how little we have. We should also show love to one another just as God loved us so much to have a son born to us, who would save us from our sins.

Have a Merry Christmas filled with ponderous instances, to reflect on God’s great gift to us:)

CHRISTMAS

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PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED

Today I am thinking about the physically challenged in the society. I must say that I had respect for such people, but at this point in time, it has doubled up. I respect them much more than I could ever tell.

It has been two months now since I fell and got a minor fracture in my arm. Although its now almost totally healed, trust me it has not been easy maneuvering my way around. It feels more helpless when you want to do something but can not, because a part of you is not able to. There are times I feel like I am becoming deficient of patience. I want to wake up and act as if everything is alright. Sometimes I go out of my way and do major tasks that greatly cost me my sleep because of the pain that comes as a result.
This experience has taught me to appreciate the simple things in life. It has made me learn that as much as you have people around you, they will not always be willing to help…And even if they are, they get tired at some point and you have to find a way of doing your own things no matter how much pain that would bring.

2012 Santa Clarita Marathon

2012 Santa Clarita Marathon (Photo credit: Rennett Stowe)

And today I am thinking of that person who has to deal with a physical challenge all the days of his/her life. It doesn’t really matter if that challenge is major or minor, permanent or temporary. The bottom line is that they have a part of them that is not functional or if it is, its not at its best functionality.
The most interesting observation I have made, is that these people rarely complain about their status. They have learnt to appreciate themselves the way they are and go about their daily activities normally and at ease. They face major challenges everyday like being discriminated upon by the society, but they still live life large and explore their dreams.
Today as I write this piece, I am greatly humbled. I want to challenge you not  to take the simple things in life for granted. If you wake up and you are whole, you ought to thank God for it. It is not just normal or routine. It takes His grace and favour.
Lets appreciate our brothers and sisters who have physical challenges. Lets love them, support them, encourage them, be there for them and treat them like our very own.

I request you all to join me as we bow down in respect for any person out there who is living with a disability.

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