Its amazing that the birth of a baby in an insignificant and remote town of the great Roman Empire 2000 years ago, still have the power to cause major traffic jams in the biggest cities in the world. Singapore is no exception and the whole of Orchard Road, the shopping mecca of the region is all "decked out" with bright lights and fascinating Christmas decorations.
I took the chance to savour all of these with Cil on 2 Carry Me foldies for the first time. Although it was past midnight, Orchard Road was chockers. Thronging crowds on the sidewalks meant more pushing than riding but we didn't mind as the CMs were so small and light to handle. We decided that it was safer to ride the clogged up roads and it was a blast to glide pass a yellow Lambogini sportscar stucked in traffic.
There was obviously keen competition between shopping malls in trying to outdo each other for the brightest and gaudiest lights to attract the big spenders for the annual "gift exchange" exercise. Which begs the question, why all the hoo har with beautiful wrapped presents?
When Jesus was born, he was presented with 3 gifts - gold, incense and myrrh. Gold symbolised his royal status as the King of Kings, incense signified his priestliness or holiness and lastly, myrrh (used for embalming) pointed to his destiny of suffering and death for our sakes.
If you can get pass all the commercial glitter of Christmas, its simple message for all of us today is God send his son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins because He loves us. This is indeed news of great joy because it means that we can be connected to our Creator through the Saviour and enjoy meaningful and purposeful lives. No wonder we have every reason to be merry!
Despite all the Christmas props of reindeers, fat Santa Clauses, snowmen, twinkling lights and yes, even massive traffic jams, I hope the true spirit of God's great love for us this Christmas will be keenly felt in your hearts and in your homes.
Merry, merry Christmas from LTF! Ride safely all.
But the angel said to them, "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