December 25, 2008

Simply Merry Christmas

Sometimes we get so absorbed by our daily challenges and routines that we fail to understand, let alone appreciate our creators plan for us. This is most true at Christmas. In a rush to get it all done and dusted, meals planned prepared and cooked, presents sourced purchased and wrapped, in addition to the many trappings of modern day life (including those forces that compel us to link our identity to such trappings), it is all too easy to get distracted from the message that Christmas brings.

We are, in spite of everything celebrating the birth of Jesus, son of God. The birth of Jesus was a fulfillment of the prophecies of ages, and foretold, “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” (John 1:9).

Jesus was the one who saw it to establish a faith so powerful and mysterious, a faith based on the magic elixir of love. You see, Christmas is also a season of love, especially that love that we share with family, coming together to eat with those that mean the most, sharing a meal – a very human experience, remembering also, that the Eucharist is at the heart of our faith as Christians – the sacred meal.

Finally, let us not forget those servicemen and women who are defending our values in very dangerous places around the world.

Wishing all my readers and anyone else passing by, a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.

I intend visiting your blogs to wish same later in the day.

To American Interests readers of other faiths, it is hoped that this post merely serves to deepen your understanding of ours.

21 comments:

Donald Douglas said...

Merry Christmas, Ottavio! Hope you and yours are well, and best wishes for a safe and productive new year.

AI said...

DD: Thanks and wishing you same ...

Always On Watch said...

A blessed Christmas!

Those of us who celebrate the real Meaning of the Season have a wonderful day, no matter our circumstances.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Otto.

NR

Derek - GeekPolitics said...

Merry Christmas Otto. Great post on the reminder of what it means.

Jennifer said...

Merry Christmas Otto! May we all remember the true reason for the season!

Debbie said...

You point out the importance of Christmas: Love. For God so loved ... that He sent His Son...

It's about giving one's life so another can live, no greater love...

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a happy and healthy new year.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

Z said...

Merry CHristmas, Otto!!

Blessings to you and yours...what a lovely post. Just came home from Christmas morning service including communion. Wonderful!

Robert said...

A day late for you my friedn, but I hope Christmas was a good one and that you experience many blessigs in the coming year!

Liz said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours Otto!

courtneyme109 said...

"For unto us is born a saviour - Christ the Lord"

MerRy cHrIsTmAs OtTo!

Jeff said...

Merry Christmas Otto!

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Merry Christmas to you down under, and thank you for your logical and scholarly support of the United States of America, it is deeply appreciated.

BZ

TRUTH-PAIN said...

My Friend,
I thank you for the many joys I've had whenever I've visited your pages.
From my home to yours, a blessed holiday spirit and Happy New Year!
T-P

Jason said...

I hope all had a wonderful Christmas.

Forgive us for the things we take for granted.

Dinah Lord said...

Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year to you and yours.

Cheers - Dinah

MK said...

Right back at ya Otto. :)

Yes indeed, if it weren't for the son of our God, there would be no Christmas.

AI said...

Thanks folks ...

Tapline said...

Sorry, Otto,,,,,Better late than never.....Hope you and yours had a blessed Christmas and wishing you a prosperous New Year.....

AI said...

No need to apologise Tap, thanks for coming by ...

The Lonely Conservative said...

I hope you had a Merry Christmas Otto! And Happy New Year!