Last Christmas we were countingour money;
this Christmas we are counting ourblessings
By Rev. Fyne Nsofor and Family

Special to
USAfrica The Newspaper,Houston
TheBlack Business Journal


"Last Christmas we were thinking about all the things we didn'thave;

This Christmas we are thinking about all the things we dohave.

Last Christmas we were placing wreaths on the doors of ourhomes;

ThisChristmas we are placing wreaths on the graves of our heroes.

Last Christmas we were counting our money;

This Christmas we are counting our blessings.

Last Christmas we were lighting candles to decorate;

This Christmas we are lighting candles to commemorate.
Last Christmas we paid lip service to the real meaning of theholidays;

This Christmas we are paying homage to it. Last Christmas we weredigging deep into our bank accounts to find money to fly home for theholidays;

This Christmas we are digging deep into our souls to find thecourage to do so.

Last Christmas we were trying not to let annoying relatives getthe best of us;

This Christmas we are trying to give the best of ourselves tothem.

Last Christmas we thought it was enough to celebrate theholidays;

This Christmas we know we must also find ways to consecratethem.

Last Christmas we were thinking about the madness of theholidays;

This Christmas we are thinking about the meaning of them.

Last Christmas we were getting on one another's nerves;

This Christmas we are getting on our knees.

Last Christmas we were giving thanks for gifts from stores;

This Christmas we are giving thanks for gifts from GOD. LastChristmas we were wondering how to give our children all the thingsthat money can buy;

This Christmas we are wondering how to give them all the thingsmoney can't.

Last Christmas we were thinking about all the pressure we areunder at the office;

This Christmas we are thinking about all the people who no longerhave an office to go to.

Last Christmas we were singing carols;

This Christmas we are singing anthems. Last Christmas we werethinking how good it would feel to be affluent;

This Christmas we are thinking how good it feels to be alive.

Last Christmas we thought angels were in heaven;

This Christmas we know they are right here on earth.

Last Christmas we were contemplating all the changes we wanted tomake in the new year;

This Christmas we are contemplating all the changes we will haveto make in this new reality.

Last Christmas we believed in the power of the pocketbook;

This Christmas we believe in the power of prayer." ThisChristmas...we are thinking of you and yours. Have a blessed andCHRIST-FULL Christmas!
Rev. Nsofor of the West Africa Theological Seminary (WATS) inNigeria is a contributing correspondent on values and ethics He has been assisted by the Overseas CouncilInternational (OCI) towards completing his graduate studies atTrinity Evangelical Divinity School in the U.S. Nsofor has been alecturer on theology, ethics, and hermeneutics at WATS. He may bereached at

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