As you well know, we are getting closer to my birthday. Every yearÂ there is a celebration in my honor and I think that this year theÂ celebration will be repeated. During this time there are many peopleÂ shopping for gifts, there are many radio announcements, TVÂ commercials, and in every part of the world everyone is talking thatÂ my birthday is getting closer and closer.
It is really very nice to know, that at least once a year, some peopleÂ think of me. As you know, the celebration of my birthday began manyÂ years ago. At first people seemed to understand and be thankful of allÂ that I did for them, but in these times, no one seems to know theÂ reason for the celebration. Family and friends get together and have aÂ lot of fun, but they don’t know the meaning of the celebration.
I remember that last year there was a great feast in my honor. TheÂ dinner table was full of delicious foods, pastries, fruits, assortedÂ nuts and chocolates. The decorations were exquisite and there wereÂ many, many beautifully wrapped gifts. But, do you want to knowÂ something? I wasn’t invited. I was the guest of honor and they didn’tÂ remember to send me an invitation. The party was for me, but when thatÂ great day came, I was left outside, they closed the door in myÂ face…….. . and I wanted to be with them and share their table. InÂ truth, that didn’t surprise me because in the last few years all closeÂ their doors to me.
Since I was not invited, I decided to enter the party without makingÂ any noise. I went in and stood in a corner. They were all drinking;Â there were some who were drunk and telling jokes and laughing atÂ everything. They were having a great time. To top it all, this big fatÂ man all dressed in red wearing a long white beard entered the roomÂ yelling Ho-Ho-Ho! He seemed drunk. He sat on the sofa and all theÂ children ran to him, saying : “Santa Claus, Santa Claus”… as if theÂ party were in his honor !
At 12 midnight all the people began to hug each other ; I extended myÂ arms waiting for someone to hug me and …. do you know …. no oneÂ hugged me. Suddenly they all began to share gifts. They opened themÂ one by one with great expectation. When all had been opened, I lookedÂ to see if, maybe, there was one for me. What would you feel if on yourÂ birthday everybody shared gifts and you did not get one ? I thenÂ understood that I was unwantedÂ at that party and quietly left.
Every year it gets worse. People only remember to eat and drink, theÂ gifts, the parties and nobody remembers me. I would like thisÂ Christmas that you allow me to enter into your life. I would like thatÂ you recognize the fact that almost two thousand years ago I came toÂ this world to give my life for you, on the cross, to save you. Today,Â I only want that you believe this with all you heart.
I want to share something with you. As many didn’t invite me to theirÂ party, I will have my own celebration, a grandiose party that no oneÂ has ever imagined, a spectacular party. I’m still making the finalÂ arrangements. Today I am sending out many invitations and there is anÂ invitation for you.Â I want to know if you wish to attend and I willÂ make a reservation for you and write your name with golden letters inÂ my great guest book. Only those on the guest list will be invited toÂ the party. Those who don’t answer the invitation, will be leftÂ outside.
Do you know how you can answer this invitation?
It is byÂ extending it to others whom you care for…share it among friends!
I’ll be waiting for all ofÂ you to attend my party this year…
See you soon …. I love you !