Your latest post on Christmas songs old and new woke me to suddenly realize that Santa is on his way to check on who's naughty or nice. All around the island is decked with boughs of holly and jingle bells are ringing loud and clear. The time is here to feast, to indulge, to make merry and as a tradition to exchange gifts... Young and old hint, make requests for specific presents. There's one little girl who asks for her two front teeth so she can wish all a "Merry Christmas".
So this is Christmas.
Christmas marks the birth of Jesus, born to Mary and Joseph.
Jesus is God's gift to the fallen world to save man from his sins and to bring him back into a relationship with Himself.
Jesus came to carry out that mission of salvation by dying on the cross.
Just as the girl receives her new teeth and puts them to good use, I too need to display God's gift of new life to me and in me when I receive Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I should reflect God's goodness and mercy. I need to follow His commandments.
It's not easy with all the worldly temptations around.
And so for this Christmas, all I want is to have this creed ingrained in me and to be able to sing it, hum it, vocalize it even as memory fades and sight and sound faint.
I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
I would be friend to all - the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving and forget the gift,
I would be humble, for I know my weakness,
I would look up, and love, and laugh and lift.
A Blessed Christmas to you Andy and your family and all your readers.
Peace and goodwill to all.
Above article by CYLin.
Christmas Message 2014:
Christmas Message 2015:
Christmas Message 2016:
Christmas Message 2017: https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2017/12/a-christmas-message-contentment-is-my.html