Light of the World

So what’s the biggest difference for you this Christmas?



“No lights!” Arniel my colleague responds immediately to my question.




Rose, 12 said the same thing when I asked her what she would like to have this Christmas – “It would be nice if we can have electricity back so that we can put the Christmas lights.”




Lights have become a crucial part of life even more so during Christmas. Since 5:30 am November 08, when the power lines were torn by Haiyan (Yolanda) the buzzing economic capital of Leyte plunged into an overwhelming darkness.




I’ve been gathering Christmas resources and trying to tell how people here in the Philippines especially those affected by the typhoon disaster is celebrating Christmas this year. I’m tempted to look for stories of hope and joy but for some it is hard to be so. And I understand. This Christmas is not the Christmas they used to know and it is alright to feel that difference.




“But Christmas cannot not be a Merry Christmas,” said Rev. Fr. Ricardo Mindosa in his Christmas message to the community of Macabug during their Christmas Mass.




It put a natural smile on every person present inside the broken little church.




“Christmas is about God’s unfathomable indescribable love – that He chose to come down to live with us,” Father said, “Not only did He come to be with us, He came to carry our sins away. The Jesus who was born as a baby on Christmas day is the same Jesus upon the cross, bearing our sins, weaknesses, hurts and pains, and giving us the forgiveness and healing from God the Father.”




“It is Him that we celebrate today. Even though we’ve just been through a massive disaster, Jesus is our Joy.”




His love still comes after us seeking the lost and declaring freedom to captives; binding the broken hearted and bandaging their wounds. And as we submit to His love, He makes our hearts a manger and our homes a Bethlehem.




And into the middle of the darkness once again the Light of the world steps in just like on that first Christmas night.




And the Joy will slowly but surely return to the lives.



by Hasanthi Jayamaha/World Vision