December 25, 2017 by Kgalalelo
It is indeed an honour to write the last blog of the year on Christmas day which happens to be a Monday, the day that I release my blogposts. It has been a wonderful and successful year, all because God was in it and still is. He is the same yesterday, today and always. His favour, grace, goodness and mercy were with me and still are and I can pat myself on the back and say ‘well done’. When everyone raises glasses to their families and friends as they enjoy the Christmas holidays, this time I raise mine and say ‘kgalalelo e nne go Rara, to God be the glory’.
Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We know that His birthday was not really the 25th December, however, there should be a day when his birth is commemorated and this is the day that has been chosen worldwide and it’s good enough for me. Those of different faiths are spending time with their families during the holidays and its okay too as everyone needs to rest and be with loved ones. This is my favourite time of the year. I love Christmas and always look forward to watching Christmas movies and being with my own family.
Usually my husband and I and the kids either spend Christmas with my side of the family or his. If we spend the 25th with mine, the following day we drive off to his home or vice versa. It would be the third Christmas since my mother has left the body and I remember the last Christmas we spent with her in 2013 as she departed in December of 2014. We were having an old time ‘braai’, (barbecue) at my sister’s place as a family. My brother and husband were the ones who treated us to the barbecue with their blessed hands. We had a lovely time with mom around, though she had begun getting sick a couple of months before.
I cherish the time spent with her and can remember even the dress she was wearing on that day. It was a special day but I thank her for what she once said to me that sometimes children need to know how it feels like to spend Christmas at their own home, meaning, we have to create our own special ways of celebrating Christmas. It seemed like she knew that someday she would not be around and there might come a time when we can’t go home to our parents’ places and have to create the occasion at our very own home for our children.
Well, this year we were invited to my uncle’s wedding in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal Province on the 23rd of December, just two days before Christmas. We had to travel almost 600km to get there and fortunately for us, we have friends who live in Pietermaritzburg and so accommodation was not a problem. It was a bit challenging for the rest of the family driving miles away from other provinces to arrange paid accommodation but there were no alternatives. I thank God for the grace that was upon us that because of our friends, accommodation was readily available for us and our children.
I recall the time my husband and I got married. My side of the family also had to travel miles away from the Mafikeng and Klerksdorp to Bloemfontein whereas my husband’s family lives around Bloemfontein and so it was nothing was a problem for them. I received so much favour from friends through God who provided accommodation for my family in their own homes. Everyone was more than willing to pitch in whichever way was possible and one of my closest friends who couldn’t make it to the wedding as she had another family engagement in Pretoria offered her entire house.
It was really something special and it is so good to have friends who really care. It is in times like these that I look back and sideways to see how far I have come with God being by my side and offering all kinds of resources. I look forward to His favour every single day of my life and He never fails me. He nails it all the time in obvious ways and most of the time not so obvious ways. I never could conjecture how He would come through for us but He always does. It is wonderful to walk the road with God believing that with His unlimited resources, He will provide free of charge. God never requires much from us. His love is indeed without any condition. All we need to do it receive from Him and we can only receive if we are aware of His offerings and keep our closer walk with Him.
Walking with God is such treasure as everything is free in His kingdom. Jesus put it very well when He said, “in my father’s house there are many mansions” (John 14:2). He said do not let your hearts be troubled. I can just hear him say in the now language ‘I got this’. He does and is doing a fantastic job for me and you.
This Christmas day makes me reminisce of Jesus’s ministry. I’m beginning from back to forth. We might be thinking of Jesus today as a little child but I have the end in mind and we also can create our own lives by seeing how we wish it to end. We are however, guaranteed that with God, it will end well. We can put everything on paper and then start working on the goals we have set for ourselves. We can study the life of Jesus and copy Him. He also went through the stages of life we all go through; childhood, teenage years, young adult phase and then a fully grown man. His path was well-carved as He spent so much time in the temple as a young boy and doing carpentry work. He learnt the scriptures and read scrolls and spent time with the elders, absorbed all knowledge, was baptised and then started His ministry.
We all have ministries that have been assigned us when we were born. God had completed His masterplan for our lives by the day we opened our eyes on earth and breathed the first breathe of life. There were celebrations around us and happiness everywhere when our births were announced. I heard there are nations who cry when children are born as they think about the possible hardships on earth and rejoice when people die. Unfortunately where I come from, we rejoice when children are born as we know that they come holding their own manuscripts in their hands, the blueprint of their lives that God has given them to fulfil. It is exciting knowing that everyone has an assignment and we have to fulfil them to the best of our ability. The best thing to know is that God has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us so that we shouldn’t lose our way and stay focused.
The essence of life is to live it with God. It is to glorify God every step of the way and never lose sight of Him. When children are taught how to walk, the mother always urges the child to focus and walk towards her. It is the same with God, as we learn to manoeuvre circumstances of life, we need to keep our eyes fixed upon God that He may encourage us and lead us back to Him. I believe that is the basic assignment, to be born of God and see how straight we can keep our feet to return back to Him. The Bible says “your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105). As we walk the path of life going back to God, He cheers us on just like the parent cheering his or her child on. He cheers us with His word.
We get excited to hold God’s hand like toddlers and at times, we lose focus, reach down to fetch a toy or grab a worm on the ground and start eating thus losing concentration. Later on, we have stomach cramps because we have eaten what we were no supposed to and who is on our side, the faithful parent off course. As we get entangled with the affairs of this world and forget that we have a manuscript in our left hand to fulfil while holding on to God with our right hand, we get injured on the way like children and then cry.
I remember when my first-born child was once admitted to hospital at a very young age. I spent the night at the hospital on the uncomfortable chair but I didn’t mind. I had to ensure that my baby was contented and when she woke up in the middle of the night, find mommy sitting right there next to her. I would take her to the loo in the middle of the night, feed her and administer medication given by the nurses. Sometimes I would keep the lights on when she didn’t feel like sleeping anymore and start playing with her in the middle of the night. I imagine God to be exactly the same. If I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t sleep, He is there, awake with me. Someone once said that if you can’t sleep at night, don’t count sheep rather speak with the shepherd. The shepherd, God, is faithful, He listens attentively and responds accurately. I found that whenever I tossed and turned once I prayed, in a few minutes I fall asleep like a baby, it’s like God rocking me to sleep and giving me beautiful dreams as a bonus.
I’m accustomed to the tradition of feasting during Christmas, which is the only time I allow myself to eat anything I want and in large quantities. It sounds absurd but most of us do. It is out of happiness that we act the way that we do. We enjoy each other’s company and merge as families. The best merger we can experience is merging with God this Christmas as individuals and as a collective. The world has experienced calamities at every corner; drought in South Africa and elsewhere, earthquakes and hurricanes in other parts, floods and volcanos and yet we fail to realise that our actions have to some point shifted the equilibrium of the earth. It is through our careless actions, words and thoughts that the elements have been affected, atmosphere and nature. Merger with the Almighty God will bring balance and restore the flow of things to their original state.
When I was in India last month, I met an Italian man and we started chatting about the weather. It was winter in Rajasthan and we spoke about how the seasons have changed. I thought they only changed in South Africa but when he said that in Italy too as it rained when it was not expected and the winters were longer than usual I was shocked. Things have gone haywire everywhere and I believe that the collective consciousness is seriously affecting the atmosphere. We have changed the state of the world with our own thinking.
As the world is in the period of rest now, it would benefit the universe if we all concentrate on cleansing our consciousness and dedicate this time to prayer, meditation, positive thinking, affirmations, praise, worship, appreciation and gratitude. We would be amazed at how things would drastically change as we stand as one. When Solomon in the Bible built the temple in Jerusalem, scripture says that God gave Him peace at every side and no one provoked him to war. This is the fundamental time for us to start building the temple too and unite as this will be beneficial for future generations.
Have a merry Christmas and enjoy your holidays!
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. &
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