By John Ulaj
Our Office Manager, Jean, asked me a question out of the blue: “What do you want for Christmas?”
I replied: “I want the most important person in my life to live a long life: my mother.”
My mother suffers from a condition known as cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the cardiac muscle that results in an enlarged heart. Elderly people sometimes develop this condition after first contracting an unspecified virus that goes into the heart.
Christmas is a time to appreciate family and friends, and to enjoy life to the fullest; to have a spirit of gratitude, not of despondency. As I observe the frenzy of the hordes of shoppers that takes place around this time of year, and notice the stresses it creates and the demands it makes on their time and their lives, it gives me cause to wonder: Do they really know what Christmas is all about?
So many of us are guilty of what I call “hurried sickness,” which can even cause high-blood pressure and eventually heart disease. My theory is, this “sickness” comes about from the pressure of worrying about buying presents, of trying so hard to please one another. We are definitely in great need of help.
The best news about Christmas is to be found in The Holy Bible, in the book of Isaiah, Chapter 9, Verses 6 and 7: “(6) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (7) Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”
Peace is something we all yearn for. This verse speaks of God’s goodness to the world, and the very greatest gift God ever gave to us: JESUS CHRIST HIS SON, “who taketh away all the sins of the world.”
The poor don’t need money to buy this gift. It’s theirs – and yours, even if you are not poor – just through the simple act of asking God for it.
In closing, I have to share a great testimony, which relates to what I said at the beginning of this message: some wonderful recent news about my mother. The doctor tested the strength of her heart and, to his astonishment, her heart has regained over 10 percent of its strength, which I consider to be a miracle! I give thanks to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for this most wonderful Christmas gift I could ever ask for, for the most important person in my life.
Merry Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous New Year!