Dictionaries define “Christmas” as the annual Christian celebration of Christ’s birth, but what is the holiday truly about? I haven’t quite figured out the answer to that one yet, but these are my best bets.
I first saw this video on Patty Laurel’s blog last October, and have been playing it over and over since. In fact, it’s one of my bookmarked links. It speaks to me each time I watch it. It serves as a good reminder to find the good in everyday.
Many times I find myself asking the Lord to spare me from hardships, especially those that I choose not to stomach any longer. It’s always so tempting to give up and seek an easy way out of difficult situations. It’s similarly easy to focus your energy on negativity, consequently forgetting to say thanks for all the blessings in your life.
But I found that he has his ways (this video included) of assuring me to always keep the faith, to hold on a bit longer when I feel like letting go. He also knocks some sense into me, telling me, “Stop and smell the roses, Sandie! Life is beautiful!” And indeed, it is. :)
And so Christmas is the perfect time to give back what is due Him, to let Him know that despite the occasional waywardness, each blessing and struggle will be accepted with a full heart.
I was watching Anderson Cooper’s talk show Anderson yesterday where a woman named Victoria Ruvolo talked about her near death experience, and how it taught her the value of forgiveness.
Ms Ruvolo was a victim of a teenage prank several years ago. She was a block away from her house when a frozen 20-pound turkey, stolen from a nearby convenience store, smashed through her windshield and left her face swollen and bruised. She spent several weeks in a coma, and had to undergo a number of surgeries to rebuild her face.
The turkey was thrown from a moving car by one Ryan Cushing, who had originally faced a 25-year prison sentence because of the prank. But Ms Ruvolo requested that the sentence be reduced. The judge agreed, and instead sentenced the boy to six months’ worth of jail time and five years of probation.
What Ms Ruvolo said during the interview was tremendously touching: “I always said God gave me a second chance, so I just passed it on.”
Let go of anger and pain, and go instead with love. :)
Ceej Tantengco is the brains behind the Christmas for the Grandparents initiative. I learned about the cause via Facebook, because Ceej and I have a couple of common friends (GUIDONeers, represent! Haha). I was moved by Ceej’s story, and so I immediately contacted her, asking how I could help.
I don’t know Ceej personally, but I met her once when I interviewed her for a certain article I was working on. I never thought I’d say this, but now I do appreciate the power of social networking. It led me to this wonderful cause!
For those interested in the Christmas for the Grandparents cause, please contact Ceej soonest. The link above will lead you to specific instructions on how you can do your part for the grandparents. Let’s give them their best Christmas ever! :p
In all forms. I teared up when I saw this video!
A time to give thanks for the past year, and to welcome the new one as better versions of ourselves. :)
May God bless us all!Photos were grabbed from the Internet.