Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Another Christmas, with all its
nostalgic traditions, is upon us. As the presents gather under the
tree, whether a freshly cut blue spruce or a pathetically thin one like
you see in Charlie Brown, the Christmas countdown is inevitable.
Cards have been swiped and the per-paid presents wrapped. All
that’s left is the arrival of Christmas.
Whether you sit at the table of a grand feast with all the trimmings
or you curl up on the couch with a frozen TV dinner, the bliss of the
Christmas season is familiar. Millions of ways to celebrate, yet we all
try to sway to the melody of a blissful Fa La La.
When Christmas has come and gone, we sometimes feel we
didn’t get what we wished for. When I was younger my wish was
a picture-perfect family portrait with everyone in loving embrace,
including my father. After Christmas such a wish can turn to
disappointment and regret for many people.
A father can be defined as “a precursor, a prototype or early form.”
In other words, a father is one from whom I draw identity, worth
and value. The Christmas season for some is a glaring reminder
how this might be missing. Perhaps his presents were beautifully
wrapped but empty promises, leaving you feeling robbed of your
self-worth. Perhaps your father abandoned his post, whether
physically or emotionally. He might be a liar and a coward in your
eyes (and you might use even harsher words in the safety of your
One of the first verses many Christians learn is, “For God so loved
the world that He gave His only begotten son” (John 3: 16). God
loved, so He gave a gift beautifully wrapped in flesh to an unappreciative world.
If your human father has never given you a Christmas present
because of his imperfections and failures, it’s worth remembering
that he did at least one thing right by helping create one beautiful
gift – you! However flawed your earthly father, he is a broken
prototype of a perfect One.
This Christmas, remember you are invited to know Him, your
heavenly Father. In Him there are no false promises or intentions to
leave you alone. In Him there is nothing but peace and love.
If you would like to know more about your heavenly Father and
how you can begin or deepen a relationship with Him, step up and
talk to a church leader or some other church member about it. Your
Father is waiting for you with open arms.
Where and how will Jamila be celebrating Christmas?
With the boys (her brother and dad) right at home. She is sure they will have
lots of laughs because they are hilarious.