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Christmas Message -2003
By Rosamma Samuel, Sankarathil

Christmas season spells the season of love, joy and peace. We celebrate Christmas to commemorate God's great gift to mankind, and that gift is the birth of Christ. As we patiently wait for the coming of the glorious King we must spiritually prepare our body, mind and soul beforehand through fasting, Bible reading, prayers and songs.

Christmas reminds us of God's love and through our selfless actions we must reflect that love. It is the season of sharing. Putting up a Christmas tree, decorating our homes, baking cakes and eating endlessly is not the true meaning of Christmas. We must inculcate God's everlasting love in our day to day lives. Sharing our joys, our happiness and our fortunes with those less fortunate than us is a beautiful start.

Most of us must have brought dozens of chocolates and expensive gifts to give our children but those are only temporary gifts. Give them something more meaningful, more long lasting to live with this season and that is the gift of knowing Christ.

Parents play an important role in molding their children's lives. It is their sincere contribution that produces fruitful results. To improve our children's mental capacities and thinking abilities, family prayers and fasting have a profound role. As parents, right from their childhood we must teach our children the importance of fasting, prayers and the fruits of the Holy Spirit. By showing them the path of Christianity they will improve in their mental ability and behavioral quality. It will bring discipline in their lives both academically as well as socially. In today's age of temptation and sin, they will gain the strength to withstand Satanic forces and turn away from evil.

Mathew 7:11 says,
" You know how to give good things to your children. How much more then will your Father in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him."

Jesus has taught us that it is only through fasting and prayers that we can be redeemed independent of all evil forces. Keeping this in mind, let us become firm in our faith and bring our children up to become ideal Christians. Then we shall have peace in our community, our family and with ourselves. May the strength of the Holy Trinity guide us this season to grant our children the eternal gift of knowing Jesus Christ in their lives.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

See Also:

The Child Grew-up - A Few Thoughts
What are the factors that affect the growth of a child? According to the author, based on the bible, good parenting is key factor in child's growth. What the children do, good or bad or say, curse or bless when they are grown up is natural reflection of what they learned from the parents.

Attaining Inner Peace
To be at one with God is to be at peace. The child simplicity is the greatest agency in bringing this full and complete realization, the child simplicity that recognizes its true relations with the Father's life.

Guidelines for Pious Living
We all want to do things that would please God. But, we often fail to do that as the worldly thoughts and passions encompass us. As a result, we lose the inner peace and tranquility that is given to those who are in communion with God. Regular practice is needed to keep off the evil and stay in communion with God. Here are some practical suggestions that would help us to reach this goal.

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