Dear loved ones,
My birthday is just around the corner. Every year there is a celebration in my honor and I think that this year, the celebration will be repeated. Many people are shopping for gifts, there are many radio and TV commercials, and in every part of the world everyone is talking about my birthday. It is really very nice to know that, at least, once a year, some people think of me.As you know, the celebration of my birthday began many, many years ago. Then, people seemed to understand better and are thankful for all that I did for them. But in these present times, no one seems to know the real reason for the celebration.Remember that last year there was a party on my birthday. The dinner table was full of delicious foods. The decorations were exquisite and there were many beautifully wrapped gifts. But, do you remember that I was not invited. I am supposed to be the guest of honor and they did not remember to invite me. When that great day came, I was left outside, though I wanted to be with them and share their table. In truth, that did not surprise me because in the last few years, many have closed their homes for me.Though I was not invited, I still quietly joined the party and stayed in a small corner. They were all having a grand time – telling jokes, eating and laughing. To top it all, this big fat man all dressed in red, wearing a long white beard, entered the room yelling Ho-Ho-Ho! He seemed drunk. He sat on the sofa and everybody treated him as if the party was in his honor!At midnight all they began to hug each other. I was waiting for someone to hug me, but no one hugged me. Then they began to share gifts. They opened them one by one with great expectation.
After all gifts had been opened, I found out that there was none for me. What would you feel if on your birthday everybody shared gifts and you did not get one? I then understood that I was not part of in their lives. People only remember to eat and drink, the gifts, the parties, but nobody remembers me.This Christmas, allow me to enter and be part of your life. I would like you to recognize the fact that almost two thousand years ago, I came to this world to give my life for you, on the cross, to save you. Today, I only want that you believe this with all your heart.I want to share something with you. Soon, I will have my own celebration, a grand party that no one has ever imagined, a spectacular party. I am still making the arrangements. Today, I am sending out invitations and there is one invitation for you, if you wish to attend. Let me know so that I could make a reservation for you, and write your name with golden letters in my great guest list. Only those who made a reservation will be in the party. Those who do not answer the invitation will be left outside.Be prepared because when all is ready, you will be part of my great party. See you soon.
I LOVE YOU!Your friend,
JesusThis Letter was printed for you byUP Christian Youth MovementUniversity of the Philippines, Diliman QCNCCP-CRL Ecumenical MinistryPastor Bart B. Kimwell