Christmas is coming again. Tis the season to be jolly! Isn’t this a wonderful time of the year? So many things fill our hearts with the spirit of Noel: the melody of the traditional carols, the glitzzy lights, the ornate decorations and the loving presence of those we cherish around us.
In the minutiae of our quotidian existence, many hours of the day are consumed with work and duties. But what matters most to us, at the end of the day? The people that are close to us, they matter most. And to most of us, they are our family. A family is not necessarily the same in the present age as it was generations ago. I think, with the expeditious advent of globalisation and new technology, we have reached an advanced stage of social development whereby a recognition has emerged that not all families consist of father, mother and children. There is more variety today, along with more broad-mindedness and tolerance which is a positive thing. I have been with you for only three years-the immeasurable love and the gracious acceptance you have given me has moved me so deeply that you are now a part of my extended family. And I mean it with every fibre of my being.
Ladies and gentlemen, the significancy of the holiday lies in the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose life is an enlivening inspiration to millions of people across the globe. Through his undaunted actions, he bequeathed to us the extraordinary gifts of love, generosity, respect, forgiveness and compassion. So, let us join hands as His children and together we tread the path of righteousness. Speaking of children, kindly allow me to quote Matthew 18: 1-5 NIV Bible,
“1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.
3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
Jesus said he desires everyone to come into his kingdom like children. The essential corollary of this is that God wants us, irrespective of our title and status to embrace life’s ups and downs with a childlike enthusiasm-joyfully, expectantly, trustingly, innocently and humbly.
The holiday season is a perfect time for everybody to heed home. Contrary to what we grew up believing, not all homes are made of bricks and cement. For some people, home is the outdoors, this is where they find their place in the world. For others it is just a specific place in their house, their room or on their favorite couch. For a lucky few, home is with someone special, this is where they find their comfort and respite from the world outside. For others, home is in the books, in the company of characters they love. There are some for whom home is in memories, this is where they repeatedly go when they lose their way. Home, by definition, is a place you can call your own, and this can be a piece of music, a sound or a taste even. It is said that home is where the heart is, thus home is where your hopes and dreams fly to when you set them loose. Mostly, home is a feeling, a feeling of belonging, a feeling that when I am here doing things, I can be myself, I have an identity. For me personally, the blogosphere is my home, with every single one of you-it is my place of warmth and familiarity and I cannot imagine ending 2018 without wishing you good tidings. I have a fantastic news for you, my darlings. The Little Mermaid is now a self-hosted site. Wooohooo!!! It is still in the making (80% completed) and I will get down to the nitty-gritty of it in another post when I do the official launching. At the moment, I’m super excited to learn new stuff everyday: SEO, Linux, Adsense among others.
It has been a remarkable year with you, my people. Your words of encouragement and unbounded compliments touch me to the core. I am amazed to see the consideration so many of you give to my posts. It reassures me that some people do appreciate what I write and it makes me feel valued. I hope to be worthy of it. From sharing jokes to put a smile on my face to wiping my tears when I’m down, from pushing me to reach my potential to lending an ear when I feel the need to vent out, a mere thank you is just not enough. Still, I must thank you. Thank you for standing by me. Thank you for being real with me. Thank you for letting me be my humble self. Thank you for simply being the amazing individuals that you are. You all are very special to me and hold your own spot in my heart.
In my closing words, I would like to wish you and your kin a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019. Forgive quickly. Love abundantly. Laugh often. Do not ever give up on your dreams for there is always a brighter tomorrow. May the Almighty bless you richly. Amen.
Love, hugs and kisses,
The Little Mermaid