It’s the Ber months. Do you know what that means? In our country, we categorize the months September to December as “Ber Months”, simply because they end in “Ber”. I don’t know if they are also popular in your country as such. Because here in Philippines, when the Ber months come, we associate them with the season of Christmas. Which is why, Philippines is considered as one of the countries with the longest celebration of the holiday for the birth of Christ.

Last September 1st, we could already hear Christmas songs over the radio. Which reminds me, uh-oh, time to do some Christmas shopping. No worries though, because I love buying and giving presents to the people that matters to me. I buy presents to those I know who have been a special part of my life for the year. I don’t just buy something expensive for them. I would rather buy something I know that would put a smile on their faces (even if it means having to spend on a little high priced or may it be something small) just to see the glee on their faces upon tearing of the gift wrapper.

Younger children especially is excited for this season too, because they know that they will be receiving lots of presents. I have to admit that I too am excited for that. Who does not want presents anyway? But one thing that I am excited about is because I know that the person giving me the gift wants to show that I mean to him/her, also, that a surprise is waiting for me beneath the colorful wrapper with ribbon on it. How wonderful it is to feel loved by someone. The same goes to God. God wants us to know that we are loved by Him. Everytime, He showers us with love and care to make us realise how important of a child we are to Him.

“Yesterday is a history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that is why it is called the present.” -Anonymous

So every year that we get excited to the parties that we attend to and gifts that we receive on December, we should always remember that what we are celebrating for is not the tangible things that we are enjoying, but to rejoice because of the deeper meaning for the celebration, and that is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who have died on the cross for our sins to be forgiven.

Galatians 4:4-5 – “ But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.a

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 – “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”


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