December 24, 2012
Jingle bells, Jingle bells, jingle all the way……when such tunes hit the airwaves around this time, we know that Christmas is around the corner. In our last episode we talked about the visionary men and I promised that I would continue with that story this month. However, the jingle bells are ringing and hence I beg to give priority to Christmas and come January we will continue with the visionary men story……That sounds considerate doesn’t it? And now it is that time of the year again and we are all prepping to celebrate Xmas. Christmas is the time to show love to those around us. It’s the time to give, share and make merry. It is the only time of the year that a few people remember to give and to share. As the Bible tells us God is love and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him. This is the one time of the year that few people remember to abide in love.
To an average Kenyan, Christmas is about staying home and enjoying a sumptuous meal in the form of a party with some animals being slaughtered as to them nothing defines Christmas better, however it takes savings to make this happen. To others it’s a time to get away on a holiday out of town until New Year, something that many people seem to be adopting. We also have the less fortunate who depend on well-wishers to make their Christmas happen. These are the people who live below the dollar, and they struggle on a daily basis to make ends meet. If no one reaches out to them, then their Christmas passes just like any other day- unnoticed, andtheir daily struggles notwithstanding.
Some of these people are those living with HIV/AIDS. To them life is already a struggle trying to eat a healthy right meal every day and having to buy medicine that has to be taken on a daily basis. Unlike the common person, they cannot afford to miss a meal because of their condition. They therefore cannot afford to be extravagant as the little they get they save (If they ever get to save at all) because they don’t know what tomorrow holds for them. If nobody cares Christmas can pass like any other day with really nothing to write home about. It could just involve going to church and back home and enjoying a leftover meal from the previous night. These are some of the people we should reach out to in order to make a difference in their lives this Christmas. If Jesus were here I’m sure on this day he would be going round looking for these people spending time with them and multiplying what it is they have. But how about you and I? What can we do to make these people have a merry Christmas? Is there a way of reaching out to the less fortunate people and make them experience this love we talk about around Christmas? Can we make Christmas better for someone, by making them understand its’ true meaning?
When Jesus left he commanded us to be disciples of men; to do what he did and spread his word in the world over. We are therefore called to be like him, to represent him in both our deeds and words. He showed love by sharing with others and doing them good hence we have also been called to serve others in the same way as we emulate him. Let us think of what he would do over Christmas and whatever you or I think he can do, let us go ahead and do it. Reach out to someone in need and let them know that Christmas is love and that is what we are celebrating above everything else.
CARE for AIDS deals with people living with HIV/Aids and as I said earlier these are some of the people who need a lot of support on a daily basis with Christmas being no exception. The organization cares for over 1,000 people each year and their families. It is still up to CFA to see that these people enjoy and feel loved over Christmas, but how many of us would be willing to join CFA and make these people feel loved hence enjoy love over Christmas? Reach out to a person living with HIV/Aids through CFA in whatever way you can and let the real meaning of Christmas be felt in all corners.
Take a one minute break….and think about Christmas, without thinking about yourself. What would you want to do differently? There are people crying out for love, for warmth and comfort this coming Christmas. Some they don’t care about it because it has no meaning, and to others they are waiting miraculously for that Santa whom they only hear / read about. Do you think you can make somebody experience the true meaning of Christmas this time? Stand up and be counted and make a difference in a person’s life, let’s accomplish the work that Jesus left for us by spreading his love. Merry Xmas from CARE for AIDS-KENYA! As you make merry, reach out to a person living with HIV/ AIDS.