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The Christmas Sensation

Submitted by on December 25, 2009 – 02:40No Comment

I sat alone on my bed this morning, frustrated with myself and cluttering the bed with more and more crumpled papers. Scratching my head, I tried my very best to find the perfect words to describe what Christmas means to me, deep inside my heart. I couldn’t. The feeling I have inside of me is so…unique, so special and so indescribable.

It is the feeling of remembering when I first fell in love with my Lord Jesus Christ, the feeling of celebrating His birthday with Him for the very first time; it’s the Christmas sensation, that’s the closest I can get to giving it a name. And it is what I am longing to share with everyone this Christmas: the Christmas sensation.

You know what people usually have to say about Christmas, that it’s the day God sent His only begotten Son down to earth to demonstrate His everlasting love for us, a love so complete and divine. Well, it’s so much more than that to me. Remember the first time you celebrated Christmas when you came to know the Lord as Your personal Saviour? Do you remember the feeling inside, the feeling of finally knowing what Christmas is all about? That’s right—it’s nothing about making merry or throwing parties. It’s definitely not about exchanging gifts or singing carols. It is about Jesus’s birthday.

Recently, I had the chance to talk to a friend who came to know Christ only this year. I asked him one simple question: “How does it feel, celebrating Christmas with the Lord in your heart this year?” He replied, “It feels different. There’s a certain excitement in me, and it isn’t about all those crazy parties I attended all those years before. Suddenly, there’s a meaning to Christmas.”

He reminds me so much of how I felt at my first Christmas celebration with the Lord. Just sitting down enjoying His presence, not bothered by the hustle of Christmas, and listening to the praises of the angels singing their hearts out to the King above. I remember letting my imagination run a little wild… . I imagined Jesus standing in His courts in heaven, blowing out the candles on His birthday cake.

That was my first Christmas celebration with the Lord. Just being still in Him and listening to His voice, feeling His love filling my heart. It’s how I feel at the approach of Christmas this year.

So how was your first Christmas celebration with the Lord after you came to know Him intimately? Do you remember those exciting moments of Christmas? Do you remember how it felt?

This year, I have found again the excitement that I’d lost since my first Christmas with the Lord. The Christmas sensation, I call it. I want to share this Christmas sensation with all of you: just close your eyes, feel His presence and love for you, and allow yourself to drift back to the past, and remember your very first Christmas with the Lord. The excitement, the feelings, the joy, the special intimacy with the Lord. That’s the Christmas sensation.

Blessed Christmas, everyone! May the year ahead be a year of blessings and joy for all of you. Amen!

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2005

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