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Dec 05th
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Thursday, 19 December 2013 18:36

By Jesse Jose
A Cup O' Kapeng Barako
C hristmas is a time for miracles.  For most of us, it's a time for Christmas trees and colored lights in front of our houses.  It's a time for gift-giving and family get-together, and for good dyoking and laughing.
It's a happy time.
It's also a belief.
A BIBLICAL BELIEF: "When I reread the Christmas story this year," said Jodi Detrick, a minister with the Northwest Ministry Network, as well as an author and a renowned public speaker, "I see it as a directory sign for the soul -- a fixed marker around which to orient my always changing life."
"It's as if God looked down," she continued, "at His directionally challenged creation ... His loved, but lost, humans.  He saw our confusion, our rebellion, our futile wanderings.
"And he put a star in the sky as a point of reference, not only for the wise men coming from the east, but for all of us who need to find our way of life.
"The star would lead to a young child named Jesus, meaning 'Savior.'  But Jesus also had another name that is described in Matthew 1:23 (New King James Version): Behold, the Virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call his name Immanuel," which is translated, 'God with us.'"
That I believe.
A JEWISH BELIEF:  Here's another Christmas belief that was sent to me by a cyberspace friend and fellow Navy veteran.  We both served on board submarines and submariners are the "Elite of the Fleet."  That's a fact, not a boast,. His name: Nestor Palugod Enriquez. 
And what follows is a Christmas story told and re-told among us, submariners, while on patrol during Christmas, deeply and silently, beneath the sea: 
A Jewish business man in Brooklyn decided to send his son to Israel to absorb some of the culture of the homeland.  When the son returned, the father asked him to tell him about his trip.  The son said, "Pop, I had a great time in Israel.  By the way, I converted to Christianity."
"Oh, my," said the father.  "What have I done?"  He decided to go ask his friend, Jacob, what to do.
Jacob said, "Funny you should ask.  I, too, sent my son to Israel ... and he also came back a Christian.  Perhaps we should go see the rabbi and ask him what we should do."  So, they went to see the rabbi.
The rabbi said, "Funny you should ask.  I, too. sent my son to Israel.  He also came back a Christian.  What is happening to our people?  Perhaps we should talk to God and ask him what to do."
The three of them prayed and explained what had happened to their sons and asked God what to do.
Suddenly, a voice came loud and clear from Heaven.  The voice said, "Funny you should ask.  I, too, sent my Son to Israel....
WEEWEECHU, A FILIPINO BELIEF: Now, this is also a kwento about Christmas that could be dubbed as a Kwentong Kutsero.  It was sent to me by my good friend Ed Navarra, the national chair of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA), and as y'all know, Ed is my mentor in the art of Bwahahahahaha. 
This kwento is also my wish for y'all this Christmas.  Here goes:
It's a romantic full moon at Luneta Park, when Pedro said, "Hey, mamacita, let's do the Weeweechu."
"Oh no, not now, let's look at he moon!" said Rosita.
"Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I do Weeweechu.  I love you and it's the perfect time," Pedro begged.
"But I just wanna hold your hand and watch the moon," replied Rosita.
Please, corazoncita, just once, do the Weeweechu with me."
Rosita looked at Pedro and said, "Okay, one time, we'll do Weweechu."
Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang ...
Weeweechu a Merry Chrismas,
Weeweechu a Merry Christma,
Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,
     And a Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas, Dear Readers.  Christ is the reason for the season, the season to be happy, for on this day our Savior was born.  That to me, is the miracle that I truly believe in....  That's all.  JJ

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