Last week at the Wednesday Bible study the ladies were sharing prayer requests. It all was proceeding as usual and then in a moment everything changed... It was a simple sincere prayer request, but it was one that awoke and reminded me of the reality of life here. The lady simply said: “Pray that we will make it to see the New Year.” She went on to talk of all the dangers & sicknesses that so many have faced this year and praised God for His protection; but she then again expressed her desire that we would all see the New Year.
While many North Americans are beginning to plan elaborate Christmas and New Years celebrations, the people here hang simple paper decorations but they celebrate the gift of a New Year of life.
Today as my translator and I walked through the bush to go to one of our village Bible studies, I asked her “Edith, what’s your favourite Christmas song?” We then sang it together as we walked down the dusty trail in the blazing heat (dry season has come early this year), surrounded by the tropical trees with goats and cows poking out of the bush here and there. It seems a little weird to sing Christmas carols and it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas here, but the words of the song are true for all nations and cultures: “A King is born today… and man shall live forevermore because of Christmas day.”
This holiday season may we all celebrate the gift of life and one another, and may we become more passionate about sharing the gift of eternal life with those around us.
“Therefore having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not loose heart… For God, who said ‘let light shine out of darkness’, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”- II Corinthians 4:1,6