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Gloomy but still Merry Christmas

This year, 2020 is the most challenging time of survival. The virus broke out when we least expected it. However, we still find reasons to be thankful. As we celebrate Christmas, let’s rejoice, for it is the birth of Christ, our Lord and Savior!

Hundreds of thousands of lives were lost. Millions of people are getting sick. Unemployment is increasing at an alarming rate. The statistics keep going higher. If you are one of those who are devastated by losing a loved one and were not even able to give them a final goodbye, it forever leaves a mark on you. 

We struggle yet we continue on.  We march on.  Life is not about giving up but about moving on. I have faced a lot of forked paths on the road but it still led me on the path to Jesus Christ. As I sit here, thinking of all the unimaginable things that happened to people globally, I cannot fathom the anguish of cries from those who are hurting. Families who have medical frontline workers depend on faith that their loved ones remain safe. 

The essential workers show up at their jobs to help in fulfilling the daily needs of everyone. With all these going on, a few people might question their beliefs asking God: “Why?” It is easy to say that everything happens for a reason but what about these times when it is beyond our control? How do we heal from the pain?     

Christmas time is here. Let us continue to count our blessings. It may be difficult but it is still possible. For those who can read this, let us thank God that we are alive! For those who still have their loved ones, be filled with gratitude. Uncountable people have lost those who are dear to them in battling the coronavirus. 

Keep in mind that we made it through. We would not be here if God did not have a reason for us to live. We may not understand it at this time, but God does work in mysterious ways. There might be remnants but always bear in mind that the sun continues to shine. Let us be ready for new beginnings. 

 “This day in David’s city a Savior has been born to you, the Messiah and Lord.” (Luke 2:11)  Remember the humble beginnings of the Holy Family? They were seeking shelter until Christ was born in a manger, in swaddling clothes with sheep around them.  And remember the Three Kings who were in search of the Messiah? They did not know where God would lead them but they still followed His guiding star as their compass and direction. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year! 

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