Scripture: Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” KJV
Following is a Christmas story Zulu style related to Futhi Cabe from Pastor Vilakazi from Mandeni, South Africa. Pastor Vilakazi is 79 years old and has been serving the Lord as a pastor for more than 40 years. Mandeni is located about 60 miles (110 km) North of Durban. This is his story:
Pastor Valakazi says, “When I grew up Christmas was different. My dad worked away from the family and was gone most of the time. So when December rolled around …
not only would we celebrate the birth of Christ on Christmas Day but the whole month became a time of family unity.”
“The plant my father worked in shut down for the entire month of December. He would collect his pay and Christmas bonus and head for home. We were elated to see him and for that month our family was all together. We were a blessed family — my father had work. There were so many families that did not have a parent working that Christmas and the month of December became a time of community sharing.”
“My mom and dad would buy a lamb and share with those that could not afford meat. My parents were loving and kind and very generous to us and anyone who needed help. It was time for hope, love, joy and indeed promise.”
“I remember December as a community time. We painted our house, cleaned everything up and set the mood for a celebration of the birth of Christ. Having fathers around was special. They usually came home with all kinds of goodies and it was a special time every year to spend the month with him.”
“His Christmas bonus from the plant meant new clothes for us. We looked forward to showing off what dad had brought us from the city and passed from house to house. We celebrated throughout the neighborhood with traditional dance and received a cold drink or a meal for our efforts.”
“Charles Dickens probably said it best in his book ‘A Tale of Two Cities.’
‘It was the best of times it was the worst of times.’”
“The center of Christmas was the worship of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.”
“Christmas is different now.”
“Today unemployment is arguably over 40% (Unemployment in 1933 in the USA peaked at 24.9% during the great depression) and for those that have the money to spend Christmas has become over commercialized. Gone is the community effort and it is more about what I get than what I give.”
“But for the hearty Christian we still hold our truths that: JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON BORN TO BE ONE OF US — BORN TO DIE FOR US RESURRECTED TO REDEEM US FROM DEATH. AND NOW WE CAN WALK IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE”
Pastor Bill, please greet your readers for us and tell them how blessed we are that they care enough to give to projects in South Africa. We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks.
Merry Christmas to you and all your readers!
Prayer: Father thank you for the opportunity to minister in South Africa in January. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
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