Ang Pasko at si David Pomeranz

Bawat pasko, si God may tinuturo.

December 24, 2014. 2:00pm

            Christmas Eve Service. Matapos ikwento ng isang batang babae ang tunay na Christmas Story at itinuloy ng mga mang-aawit ang kanilang pagkanta, narinig ko yung boses na may mensahe na “Randy, this Christmas, I wanna remind you that I was born for you.”

Teary eyed. Heart melted. Humbled. In awe. Paguwi ko yun pa rin ang dala dalang mensahe ng puso ko. Kasabay ng pagpapaalala saken ng kanta ni David Pomeranz na Born for You.

December 25, 2014. 12:00nn

            Christmas Day. A different Christmas day. Walang handa. Tahimik ang paligid. Natulog silang lahat. Pero pinili kong manatali sa tapat ng netbook. Nanibago ako. Hindi naman kasi kami ganito nagcecelebrate ng Christmas tulad ng mga nakaraang taon. May side na unti-unti kang nalulungkot pero may side din na lumalaban na may rason pa ring maging masaya at espesyal ang araw dahil hindi tungkol sa mga bagay ang Pasko. Sa Tao.

            Sa loob ng dalawang oras, I’ve read an article about Christmas. Kinig ng Christian songs. Nagreminisce at nagpasalamat kay God sa faithfulness at pagmamahal Niya. Worship. Nagworship in the middle of that silent and dark night. Binubulong Nya pa rin ang sinabi Nya saken kanina, “I was born for you.”

            Sa mga nakaraang taon, alam ko na ang pasko ay tungkol LAMANG kay Jesus. Pero sa taong ito, naranasan ko na ang pasko ay tungkol NGA kay Jesus. I believe dun mo makikita kung ano talaga ang nasa puso mo pag pasko. Kapag wala nang nakalatag sa harapan mo na pagkain, regalo o selebrasyon kundi isang tahimik at madilim na gabi na kayo na lang dalawa ni God ang magkasama. Total heart check.

            Kaya mong matulog nang may luha ng pasasalamat sa iyong mata, di maipaliwanag na ngiti sa iyong labi at kapayapaan sa iyong puso. “Goodnight, I was born for you…”

            Last Sunday, pagsakay sa jeep pauwi galing sa bonding, may isa pang jeep na nagpapatugtog ng malakas. Late ko na narealized na ang tumutugtog na pala ay Born for You ni David Pomeranz. Madalas ko nang naririnig ang kantang yun sa kasal, pero sa unang pagkakataon… hmm… o sige na nga, kinilig ako. I knew in that moment gusto pang ibaon ni Jesus ang message na yun sa puso ko. Kaya pinakinggan ko na talaga mismo ang kanta.

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Nabuhay Sya sa mundo  na alam ang kanyang kakahinatnan yet “’til the day I die, I bless the day that I was born for you…”

“He swapped a spotless castle for a grimy stable.

He exchanged the worship of angels for the company of killers.

He could hold the universe in his palm but gave it up to float in the womb of a maiden.

He went from commanding angels to sleeping in the straw, nurse from a breast and be clothed in diaper.

From holding the stars to clutching Mary’s finger.

The palm that held the universe took the nail of a soldier.

When He saw the size of the womb, He could have stopped.

When He saw how tiny His hand would be, how soft His voice would be, how hungry his tummy would be, He could have stopped.

When He saw the dirt floor of His Nazareth house. When Joseph gave Him a chore to do. At any point Jesus could have said, ‘That’s it! That’s enough! I’m going home!’

But He didn’t.

Why? Because that’s what love does. It puts the beloved before itself.

Love goes the distance… and Christ traveled from limitless eternity to be confined by time in order to become one of us.

He didn’t because He is Love. ”

-Day 4: Because of Love, from the book, 3:16 by Max Lucado

At kung hindi dahil sa rason na ito, hindi tayo nagcecelebrate ng Christmas. There’s no Christmas without Christ. Christmas is the day that Jesus expressed His devotion for us.

So anong kinalaman ng kanta ni David Pomeranz sa Pasko? A reminder that Jesus was born for us. To sacrifice His life to give us life. Sins forgiven. Life with purpose. And that should convinced us that we were also born for Him.

All because of Love.

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