CHRISTMAS EVE ONCE MORE BY Melvyn Brown
Christmas Eve is known for the total preparation of the Christ Child’s arrival. Imagine having spent a whole month in planning a holiday, finding on-line gifts and clothes, baking cakes and piling strong drinks in the cupboard, not forgetting the special lunch and dinner, or the once-a-year get together of the family. Mobiles for the kids, presents for loved ones and elders who have left valuable imprints in family circles.
Stop. How about spending one day dedicated to a confessional truth: God has come to us as one of us – and that is deserving of much attention. He has come to redeem us from sin. He has come to be our salvation – to show us the path to paradise; to forgive us when we turn to Him. Christmas Eve is the biggest, most incredible event each year to be reminded that God is love. That God is a merciful Father. Christmas Eve is a day to go down on ones knee in adoration. To go and make a good confession. To make a sincere sacrifice. To visit a church in sheer happiness, praise and thanksgiving.