What is the true essence of Christmas? We celebrate Christmas to remember that our Lord came in this world in order to save us from our sins; and His birth brought great joy to the world! For us as a mother, we wanted to share the most incredible experiences with our child/children. So, I asked some mothers with different experiences and stories to share how they overcome challenges or breakthroughs with their children; how are they going to celebrate Christmas this year; and to share their wishes or prayers for their children.
“I won’t be home for Christmas!” This would be the saddest words that I’ve heard this month of joyous for a mother working in another country.
For Rina Pelingon, my cousin, has been working in Hongkong for 18 years, the feeling of emptiness, homesickness, and other negative feelings associated with Yuletide Season away from home is always there! But she has to be positive because primarily working away from her family is all for the greater cause as she has chosen to sacrifice her time to provide them and to send her son to a better school. All her sacrifices, hard work and sleepless night sometimes due to work demands paid off because she has a kind and obedient son. Virtual celebration of Christmas is actually fine for her rather not to see her family especially her son.
I felt guilty after I talked to her. Why should I not be thankful that I am with my family this Christmas? I am blessed more than I deserve!
We ended our talk on a message for her son. Short but you would feel the unconditional love and care of a mother.
“My Dear Son,
wishing you lots of love,
good health on this Christmas.
Stay safe and God Bless you always.”
“I am a Single Mom. Surviving and Thriving!” One of my friends I really admire for being a very strong person is Jing. She juggles two roles. The role of father and that of mother at the same time. She is a single Mother for almost ten years, it’s all on her to provide, to nurture, to care for, to teach, and to discipline her two kids. I can see the sense of determination on her. She said, as Christmas gets closer and closer, she feels the intense pressure of responsibility to make her kids happy this season. But still she is very positive and has a strong faith in God to provide everything what they needs. Yet, despite of her past experiences she is still thankful. God gave her the best gift ever with a smart, kind and compassionate kids that makes her life lighter; and it gives hope and strength for her to move forward and to provide the primary needs of her kids.
Her message and wish for her kids this Christmas.
“To my wonderful kids,
Thank you for coming into my life you are both my happiness and strength.
The hugs and the kisses everyday makes us complete.
May this Christmas, God will continue to protect both of you and may you learn the values of love, giving and sharing the truly essence of this Season.
Mama is just here to guide and support you in all your dreams.
Stay sweet my little kids. I love you both!
“I’m just a Mom.” I talked to a friend and a high school classmate about ‘how motherhood changed her life’. She is married for more than 12 years now with two kids and a full time mother. It is somehow difficult for her to raise her growing up kids as her husband working in South Korea but with her very supportive family everything gets lighter. I really admire her, for her perception about being a fulltime mother. Yes, it changed her life and her identity for not being ‘just a mom’, she spoke with a conviction that ‘I am not just a Mom!’. Certainly true, I could relate. Being a fulltime mother is really a plain hard! It encompasses dozens of careers such as teachers, cook/chef, event planner, housekeeper, accountant, etc. For her Christmas is a bit not complete because her husband is physically apart with them, somehow thankful for the internet that brings them together virtually.
She and her Family has a message and prayer to everyone on this Christmas.
“A warm greetings from our Family!
As we celebrate this Season, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we give thanks to the Lord.
All I wish is to get rid the harmful Corona Virus which affecting the whole world especially children.
I am sharing this prayer so that I could ask you also to please not to forget to include children in your prayers.
Lord God, protect my kids against this deadly virus and other harmful elements around us. Keep them physically, mentally and spiritually prepared for whatever happening around us.
I lift everything up to you, Oh God, especially for the kids could freely back to school; could play outside our home with their friends; and reunited with our family and friends from other places.
Keep the head of our family healthy, safe and strong as he is miles away from us sacrificing to give us a better life.
Always guide us every single day as we facing the trials and struggles in our lives.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
KEEP SAFE EVERYONE. MERRY CHRISTMAS”. – Muyong-Mabuting Family
I hope this Season may fill your heart with love, peace and joy today and throughout the coming year!
MALIGAYANG PASKO at MANIGONG BAGONG TAON!
“A mother is clothed with strength and dignity, laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks her words are wise and she gives instructions with kindness.” —Proverbs 31:25-26
“Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous; is not proud; is not conceited; does not act foolishly; is not selfish; is not easily provoked to anger; keeps no record of wrongs; takes no pleasure in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.” – I Corinthians 13:4-7