Our Westbury Christian School chaplain, Dr. Robert Farrar, has graciously allowed me to share some of his thoughts over the holiday season. Doc is a legend at WCS and always has inspirational words to share.
Beginning around Thanksgiving we started hearing Christmas songs. One that I especially like is It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year, and it is a wonderful time. One thing that makes it wonderful is that we focus on the birth of Jesus. We don’t know the day or even the month in which Jesus was born, but we do know he was born Immanuel – God With Us and we rejoice. As an angel of the Lord said to the shepherds out in the field, “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11), And we delight in singing: such songs as Joy To The World, The Lord is Come; Silent Night, Holy Night; and O Little Town of Bethlehem. This is a time too when families and other loved ones get together. Some haven’t seen each other since the previous Christmas or longer, but this is the time people make a special effort to get together. This is a time too when adults experience the joy of giving. I know when I was a little boy I couldn’t understand why Daddy never seemed to be excited over what gifts he received, but he thoroughly enjoyed watching us kids display our excitement. Later when I became the daddy I understood. And this is the time when children experience the joy of receiving. Eyes shine and squeals are projected as oooohs and aaaahs are heard as the children open their gifts or gaze upon something too big to wrap such as a bicycle or a tricycle. And then there is hardly anything more enjoyable than friends and loved ones gathering around the well filled table and partaking of the traditional feast. This is truly The Most Wonderful Time of The Year. We at Westbury Christian School wish for you an enjoyable and memorable Christmas season.
Heavenly Father we thank You for all our blessings. In Jesus’ name we thank you, amen.