Merry Christmas

Photo by: Gabriela Yareliz Bryant Park
Photo by: Gabriela Yareliz
Bryant Park

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Hello Friends!

I first wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas. It has been quite an amazing year. It was a year of realizations, maturing, growing up, hard work, solitude, spiritual decisions, wonderful people, emotions and many, many blessings.

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of taking part in a lovely Christmas concert at the historic Manhattan Seventh-day Adventist Church. I was overwhelmed with thoughts on how much God loves us. That is really what Christmas is all about.

Because God is so amazing, we experience His love on more days than just Christmas. I remember going down the stairs after my last exam. All I could think was, Thank you God for another semester. Every day was a new journey and experience with Him. Every day had its own miracle.

One of my recent miracles: While coming home, a family decided to move via our Super Shuttle, when we arrived to JFK there were hundreds of people. I was still in the security line when my plane was boarding. A woman called me out of the line where I was and put me through a faster line; a man freaked out in another security line because some dude dropped a piece of luggage in line and left it there. All of us saw our lives flash before us. My mom kept texting me telling me it would all be okay. I arrived to my gate as they were closing the plane door.

This is how life works out sometimes. It’s crowded, scary, and time seems to fly when you need it to slow down the most…sometimes, the door is shutting in your face, yet somehow, you get what you need, and God gets you through.

There is fear, uncertainty, sometimes anger, agitation, resignation, but in the end, you get what is meant for you if you leave it in God’s hands.

The birth of Jesus is the fulfillment of a promise. He was the answer to our mistake and rebellion. For our mistake, He gave us His love.

On this day, in this season, let us renew our gratefulness and our awareness of God’s love. Let us reflect His love and reach out.

I thank all of you for your support and friendship through this blog; for dealing with my randomness, complexity and silly humor. I hope you are with those you love. Cherish every day. Smile at every miracle, and allow God’s loving hand to guide your life.

May God bless you abundantly, so that you may be so filled that you pour yourself out to others.

Merry Christmas! And as we press forward, may we all continue to expect miracles. 🙂

Tim Halperin: Under That Christmas Spell (as heard on Kidd Kraddick in the Morning)

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