Show some love this Christmas
As we fast approach Christmas Day, many say they don't celebrate it because December 25 was not the date Christ was born.
Whether that is so, the date is irrelevant.
The focus of Christmas Day is the fact that He came.
He is the true light that shines in this dark world. Isaiah 9:6-7 tells us, "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgement and justice from that time forward even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."
The fourfold name and attributes of the Child (Messiah), who was born to reign forever upon the throne of David, are given:
n Wonderful, Counsellor - which express His ability as a political guide and a leader; and that He is the Living Word, the infallible source of guidance, His in exhaustible wisdom, the truth and the way. On Him will rest the government, which is the entitlement of rule!
n Mighty God - He is infinite and He is our hero because He, as the divine warrior, triumphs over sin and death for us!
n Everlasting Father - He expresses fatherly care toward us while being omnipresent and eternal.
n Prince of Peace - the only One, most high, who can bring peace!
Many are fighting globally, particularly the secular 'religion', to put Him out of the season, while they condone Halloween and the celebrations of other gods.
Interestingly, at Christmas, many go through different moods - some are happy and some are sad because their loved ones are not around. Some are sick and unable to share in the happenings, others go through myriad emotions.
Growing up, Christmas was very exciting. I will never forget Gran' Market. Also, those within the community were given work - an opportunity to earn some money for Christmas. People would whitewash stones, tree trunks and the entire community had a sense of unity during the season.
At that time, Jingle Bells and Mary's Boy Child by Boney M were in constant play. Jamaica National Building Society would host 'Greetings Across the World' and the entire community would be at a standstill to see if any of their family members overseas would send Christmas greetings to them. Everybody would be looking for Christmas bonus. The farmers would be looking for bonus from their chocolate and their cocoa. Offices would give their faithful staff bonus and staff awards. The managers would let down their hair for the staff to see the other side of them, and their children would come on site and mingle with the staff. It was a time of love; people showed love and it was more than just focusing on the market to make super profits.
n God is love, and we need to show some love this Christmas!
n All the businesses should give retired public servants - including teachers, police personnel, soldiers - major discounts this season; at least 50 per cent.
n Workplaces should cut down on office parties and give educational vouchers to school-aged children of their staff.
n Supermarkets should issue groceries to the elderly within the communities they serve and diapers to the babies.
n Give the hard-working police personnel and soldiers grocery vouchers to pick up groceries.
n Distribution and marketing companies should give out gift baskets - especially to some of the university students - especially to those who are from overseas and find it difficult at this time of the year.
n Families who have a little more can share that extra with a family that does not. Go over and bring something to them for dinner.
n This is the time that the Government should pardon some small-crime prisoners who are on good behaviour. Show some love to them, too.
n The media should lead a food drive this season - particularly in the rural areas that are generally forgotten.
n Don't forget to share with or give to your pastors, this Christmas, who labour with you and pray fervently for you and your family members.
n During this Christmas, don't give up on the promises you are believing God for. Hold on to your faith. Change is coming.
n Declare favour upon your life each day. God gives favor. Help someone, regardless of how small it is; it is a seed into your future.
Merry Christmas to the staff and management of The Gleaner Company and to the faithful readers - supporters and non-supporters alike. May you all experience the blessings of the season.
n Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.