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It’s Party Time

21 December 2009 265 views 0

by Erwin dela Rosa

partyChristmas time is party time.

As in previous years, I have been to one party after another. The office’s, the tennis club’s, other organization and association parties – name it. Almost everyone organizes a party one way or another. There are the usual gifts, plenteous food, parlor games, dancing, singing and booze for the drinkers. The atmosphere is filled with goodwill, merriment, cheer, fun and camaraderie.

I enjoyed the party prepared by my advisory class in the college where I teach. It was my first time to party with students; I have never attend any of their balls or parties. But I wanted to bond with them not with quizzes, exams, assignments, recitations or reports so I partied with them; I enjoyed it. We held the party in our classroom.

We had a great time. I gamely participated in their games because I wanted to dispel the notion that I am a delicate “sosyal” fellow who thinks their party is “baduy,” and cheap. Their impression surprised me. And I changed that in a natural way – by being myself. Sometimes I had the feeling that they wanted to make fun of me. It was their turn. It was fun. I enjoyed it much as they did. It was a great way to end the year.

One morning, before I went to the dawn worship service, my devotional book mentioned a party. There was a party, and someone was knocking at the door. He wanted to join the party and dine with the host and house owner. The one knocking at the door is Jesus. “Behold I stand at the door and knock, whoever opens the door, I will come into him or her and dine with him or her and his or her family.” (Revelations 3:20)

Christmas is a time to party. Because one Christmas ago – the first Christmas – God sent His Son to save us from ourselves and bring us a future with hope. This is the sole reason why we should party. We have been freed by the coming of the messiah whom we should acknowledge and receive at the door of our hearts to become totally free and joyful.

He is knocking at the door of our lives and wants to join our party. Will we let Him in? Will we let Him party with us? Will we open the door of our houses to children, the poor, widow and widower, orphans, and other marginalized people? Are we part of God’s greatest party?

Let’s not just party. Let’s party responsibly and meaningfully, else we might miss the real party prepared for us in the great Kingdom. Let Him in. Let us party with the Host of Life.

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