"I Give You This Live Rooster Don't Let It Die"
"I give you this live rooster don't let it die " is the rhyme we say in a game that when a latex rooster is not available a rolled towel is a good replacement. The game consists in making a circle with the players handing the rooster by the head to the next person; with each turn it is supposed to be taken under the hand of the person that is giving the rooster. The loser will be the one which at their turn the body of the rooster lays down.
I share this game actually because one day of Puerto Rico's last day of school's first semester. As we gathered to a farewell meeting and the activities went on; I started analyzing things from different perspectives.
One of the dynamics was to write on a Christmas ornament ball the definition of Christmas for each one of us ; than we had to decorate an empty tree with them, sharing what we wrote (We have an exiting Christmas Holiday here; I wrote a Hub of Puerto Rico's Christmas Tradition).
As the activity went on...silence surrounded me beyond the joy and sounds of laughters that sharing provokes and the ending of this first semester of the school year gave (which had been one of challenges and changes for the Department of Education).
I kept thinking what is Christmas for me? I praise God for helping me out with this one; with my individual definition of what is Christmas.
Christmas through the whole year
Christmas is about the birth of Christ. Christ is Jesus and Jesus was the child that Matthew wrote about in Chapter 1:23 "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us".
What is Christmas for me? God's given Son for me to take care of Him the year round and don't let Him die; it is also about another opportunity our Creator, Lord and Savior gives us for a new beginning.
When the night came that I took a bath and laid on my bed feeling all my bones crushed, and swollen feet by the feeling that high heels give; opening my Bible, scriptures added to the thought of how to take care of the Child given to me in through the whole year coming. Christmas
The Given child
Emmanuel...was born for you, me and all
The Bible is awesome; it is God living word for us. The first chapter of 2 Peter was where I got the steps and I can not stay with this alone since it is so wonderful:
2 Peter 1:3-7 "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue ; and to virtue knowledge ;
And to knowledge temperance ; and to temperance patience ; and to patience godliness ;
And to godliness brotherly kindness ; and to brotherly kindness charity ."
Wow! Isn't that a wonderful, powerful and a growing spiritual piece of a mercy act by God for us all. I will carve this in my heart and write them down to re-read everyday and feed the living God in me (which lives in those who accept him by the Holy Spirit). I suggest and hope you could feed Him in the way God inspires, and help Him grow...the call is for all because Christ, Jesus, Emmanuel...was born for you, me and all!!!
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
© 2011 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill