We often celebrate Noche Buena in the Phil. My father would usually wake us up in the middle of the night around 11:30pm on the 24th of Dec. just to eat a great food prepared for us or to make a great sound or see the beauty of the skies. Sometimes though we play hide and seek and other games just for fun. That happened when we were still young.
However, here in Thailand, it’s really very different. We tried to enjoy but it’s a natural day for most Thais. School have classes, and offices are open.
Before christmas came, our kids were asking especially our teenager some questions about noche buena and what we’re going to do on that day – we shared to him our experiences in the past yet, it’s really different on what they experienced now. But we always told them about the birth of Jesus and how Jesus came and saved mankind.
On that day, around 7pm we went out to eat our dinner and passed by a Filipino fellowship just to feel the spirit of Christmas! We had some fun with them too, but not for kids, only for adults, huh! So our kids didn’t enjoy that much!
Then at 11:30pm we ate our little noche buena and before we slept, we read the Holy Bible and have a short meditation then we prayed and thank God for Jesus.
Thank you God for your love!
The past few weeks I had a lot of struggles regarding my son who is becoming a teenager. It seems that his attitude is becoming different day after day. I do believe, during this stage a father’s image and guidance are very necessary in their growing up stage. And I thank God for fathers who are really needed for the training of children and that includes my beloved sweetie.
I always remember our human father when we were still small. He would always remind us of these verses in the Holy Book that says: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will depart from it. It is really true, if we fail to train our child, their future will not be as better as we expect. Another verse was: Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. These verses were just taken for granted by some but has a greater meaning if we only obey…
I believe, parents now a days would really agree to the different personalities of our children. Every stage needs a deeper understanding of who they really are and how we react as parents to different situations or characteristics they are showing and many times they were trapped by these new generation’s images…they would easily linked if we are not careful as parents to guide them in the ways of the Lord.
However, there are a lot of sites like http://www.thomasnelson.com/ or other reading materials about growing kids but the best thing for me is to trust the Lord and PRAY earnestly for our kids. Only God can change them…Need I say more?