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12/24/10

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Ethiopia - Message of Christmas- May the Lord open our Mind for His Wisdom!

Ethiopia - Message of Christmas- May the Lord open our Mind for His Wisdom!

By Girma Kassa
(muziky68@yahoo.com)

December 24, 2010

Our Lord Jesus (or Issa) is worshipped by Christians as the Son of the Living God and adored by Muslims as a Prophet. It was His birth two thousand years ago in Bethlehem that we commemorate and celebrate as Christmas or “Genna”.

There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. According to the Gospel of Luke, an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds and told them the good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. A great company of the heavenly host (angels) appeared praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to all men.”

The message of Christmas is a message of joy and peace. One of the heavenly declarations during that holy night is that peace is on Earth to all men. Our Lord Jesus Christ has come to the world to give us true peace that does not depend on external circumstances, but that springs out from within our heart.

In this modern world, the lack of peace and internal security severely affects many aspects or dimensions of our lives: personal, family, and national.

Suicides, addictions, and alcoholism are all manifestations of the lack of internal peace within individuals. According to official statistics, about a million people around the world commit suicide annually, more than those murdered or killed in wars. Some suicides may be explained by situational or cultural underpinnings. For instance, the suicide of Emperor Thewodros is one such example that is celebrated by Ethiopians and has become a symbol of the refusal of Ethiopians to British Colonialism for more than a century. Setting aside these generally unique cases, it is worth noting that depression is the leading cause of suicide. Suicide, simply put, is the lack of internal peace and security.

That is why the message of Christmas as a message of peace is important in the world today. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to all men, ” declared the angels. All of us are important to God. There is something unique that we can accomplish that no-one can. We may loose in one night what we have labored for years. We may learn distressing news about our health or we may have difficulty providing for our children. We may be lonely and betrayed by our dear friends. We may loose loved ones and be at the bottom of society. We may lose hope in our lives and feel hollow and empty on the inside. Others may bully us and we may come to believe that that we are good for nothing. We may continuously blame ourselves for a past mistake and come to lose our purpose in our life completely.

However, I declare the message of Christmas: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to all men”. This is a heavenly message to each one of us. It is a message of hope, peace and joy. It is a message that reminds us that there are always alternatives. The stormy season will surely pass and spring will come. We should give ourselves second chances. We should tell ourselves that we are human beings created in the image of God for a unique and a noble cause. We may not be needed by others but we are important to God. We should stop blaming ourselves for what we did years ago. Instead, let us make use of our past mistakes to make our future a better one. Let us open our heart to a new beginning and a holy message of Christmas which is a message of joy, peace, and reconciliation.

Another important dimension of peace is the peace among fellow human beings. Here again, we see that the message of Christmas has a dimension that brings people together. It is in our nature to be slow to love and forgive but be quick to hate and judge, slow to build but quick to destroy. Many couples who shared their lives together may no longer dine at the same table. There may be some childhood friends who do not talk to each other anymore. What we have learned from our culture and our society may be hate towards a certain group of our population. Our hearts, whatever the reasons, may be filled with bitterness and rage against other fellow Ethiopians. But, the message of Christmas; the message of peace, love and forgiveness can provide fundamental changes in our perspectives and attitudes. It is a message that gives us the opportunity to see life from a different angle and a divine perspective. The message of Christmas is a message that says, ” LOVE and COMPASSION are more powerful than hate. MERCY and FORGIVENESS are more powerful that revenge.”

Let us create an opportunity for divorcees to reconsider and restore their marriages. Let us remember more the good days we have spent together than those few days that set us apart. The message of Christmas is a message that focuses on the positives. Let children go to sleep kissing their fathers and mothers every night. Let there be peace and joy in all families so they may sing, “Joy to the World” sitting around the Christmas tree. Let the whole family praise God with “Tsenatsil” and “Kebero” saying “AMAN BE AMAN ; TEWELEDE MEDHANE ALEM/ the Savior of the World is born “

The third dimension is peace in our world. All over the world, human beings are dying in hundreds and thousands in man-made wars and conflicts. The lack of peace is destroying cities, villages and countries. Ethiopia has been embroiled in such misery for generations. Compared to the Derg era, the current situation in Ethiopia may seem stable on the surface. However, with a one party absolute rule and a very narrow political space , the return to the old era of war and destruction cannot be ruled out. Temporary stability cannot, by any means, be considerd “peace”.

Ethiopia has some clear choices to make:

• It can either be like Somalia where one group of the population dominates the rest, where its citizens flee the country by the millions, where attacks and counterattacks destroy the social fabrics of society or it can be like South Africa where mercy and reconciliation rescues the country from its ugly past.

• It can either continue being a country at the peripheries of implosion, the poorest of the poor entirely dependent on outsiders to feed its people or it can be a country which is self-sufficient and food secure.

• It can either be a country where the government rules its people with an iron fist and by the power of the gun or it can be a country where a forward looking and civilized system by the people, for the people and of the people is established.

• It can either choose to be divided in to ethnic groups and immerse itself in ethnic tensions like Bosnia Herzegovina and Darfur or it can choose to live together as a multi-ethnic country where all Ethiopians are respected regardless of their age, gender, religion and ethnic affiliations.

• It can either allow itself to disintegrate and vanish from the face of the Earth despite its proud history or it can emerge as a major power of the black continent of Africa.

• It can either realize full political freedoms, the release of all political prisoners, reporters, human right activists and unfettered individuals’ rights; or it can decide to be a backward and a medieval country.

• It can either be a country where its children come together, forgive one another, and give peace a chance or it can be a country where the current animosity between brothers continues to thrive.

Let the Spirit of Christmas help Ethiopia make the right choices. Let peace, wisdom, and knowledge fill the hearts and minds of the authorities in Arat Kilo. Peace is not something that can either be imposed or exported from the outside. Peace is not a gift from the Americans and the Europeans. Peace is not a product of the United Nations. Peace is something that comes from within. Unless we Ethiopians solve our problems ourselves, it is naïve to expect to receive it from outsiders.

We are the only solution to our problems. We are the ones who can turn around the fate our country. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "nothing can bring us peace but ourselves." Peace is not stability; nor is it the lack of gun fires. Peace is freedom and joy and a life lived without fear and torment. There is no peace where there is fear. “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom,” said Malcolm-X. There is no peace where there is no freedom. There is no peace where there is no joy.

It is in this context that I call for the good conscious of the EPRDF officials to do the right thing and give true peace a chance. The ball is in their court. The EPRDF controls the economy, the army, the judiciary and the parliament. It controls everything in Ethiopia. If it chooses to, it can bring peace and hope to that country and its 77 millions inhabitants in a matter of weeks. Although it might be considered a defeat at the beginning, if the EPRDF takes courageous and bold reconciliatory moves now, it would surely be vindicated as the ultimate winner in the history books. EPRDF must unilaterally take bold moves and call for a serious dialog between itself and the main opposition parties who are functioning peacefully within Ethiopia and are abiding by the constitution.

With respect to armed groups, most of whom are based in Asmara, they should recognize war's heavy costs and be ready to have a dialog with the EPRDF. They must not slam the door shut for peace and reconciliation.

It is my hope and prayer that the leadership of the EPRDF will look beyond the horizon and above their individual prides, and take historic steps at this historic moment in this historic country of ours. It is my hope armed groups will renounce violence, lay down their arms and come to the negotiating table. It is my hope that all parties will come to recognize that the culture of violence does not work in Ethiopia anymore. We are tired of an Ethiopian killing another Ethiopian. We are tired of seeing the blood of our brothers and sisters shed in vain. We are tired of hearing gun fires. We are tired of smelling powders from explosives. We are tired of spending billions of dollars on weapons. What we want is bread, water, peace and the chance to live with dignity in that great country of ours which is called ‘ETHIOPIA”.

Message of Christmas- May the Lord open our Mind for His Wisdom!

27 comments

Comment from: Fasil S. G. [Visitor]
Fasil S. G.

Ato Girma,

Your article with its pointed message and substance is very difficult to ignore for anyone. All I can think of to add is thelyrics from the late famous Jamaican reggae group named “The Ethiopians” in their famous song title “The Word Is Love.” Without any further due read below the lyrics or just play it via youtube using the link. I assure you will love it as much I did. Perhaps the Nazret moderator will put the youtube video link as Christmas gift to all the readership.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rrzi42Sm90

———————————-
The Ethiopians
THE WORD IS LOVE

Are you ready
Here comes the change
Are you ready
For that change?

Almighty Father
He’s a powerful Savior
Almighty Father
He’s a powerful Savior

So you must throw away your guns
And come with your heart, brother
I said to throw away your guns
And come with your heart, brother

My sister, if you live by the sword
You shall perish by the sword
If you live by the sword
You shall perish by the sword, brother

My sister, you must remember the word is love
And the name of the game is freedom
Remember the word is love
And the name of the game is freedom for all

So won’t you sing it out, freedom
I got to tell you now, freedom
A happy ending, freedom

So you must throw away your guns
And come with your heart, brother
I said to throw away your gun
And come with your heart, brother

My sister, you must remember the word is love
And the name of the game is freedom
Remember the word is love
And the name of the game is freedom for all
—————————————

12/24/10 @ 04:34
Comment from: mahlat [Visitor]
mahlat

MERRY CHRITHMAS TO EVERYBODY AS WELL

12/24/10 @ 06:28
Comment from: haddis [Visitor]
haddis

Son Of Teftsegna!Get a life,you got a broken pen!

12/24/10 @ 09:50
Comment from: RAMATOHARA [Visitor]
RAMATOHARA

The most balanced and touching article of the year from an Ethiopian. LOV, HOPE, FORGIVNESS, RECONCILATION..THE ONLY WAY TO GO FORWARD AS A COUNTRY

GOD BLESS U

12/24/10 @ 10:08
Comment from: Makelawi Torture [Visitor]
Makelawi Torture

May God remember those suffering torture in Meles Zenawi’s prisons in this Gena holiday season!

12/24/10 @ 10:51
Comment from: mamo [Visitor]
mamo

May God remeber young inocent ethiopians who have been killed by woyane by hundred and thousends during the war.

May God help those who have been systemically discriminated by woyane.

May god help to bring justice to those who have stolen and aid many donated to ethiopia during starvation.

May god help ands bring justice to those who have commited mass starvation by creating politicaly motivated agenda and taken so much of young, childrens of ethiopians lifes whilst having party at the North.

May God bring life and quality to ethiopians.

12/24/10 @ 14:31
Comment from: woyanesewbela [Visitor]
woyanesewbela

Ato Girma is dispelling the usual woyanes subtle propaganda.I know this man is always pretending to be pious but plays double standard .But more inclined to woyane because “blood is thicker than water.

12/24/10 @ 17:39
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Mr. Girma Kassa’s Christmas message seems appealing to some Christians who do not understand the implication of the first paragraph: “Our Lord Jesus (or Issa) is worshipped by Christians as the Son of the Living God and adored by Muslims as a Prophet. It was His birth two thousand years ago in Bethlehem that we commemorate and celebrate as Christmas or “Genna”.”

One cannot misrepresent Jesus Christ as a prophet adored by Muslims in order to please the Muslims. Jesus Christ is more than the Muslims think as an adored prophet.

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus Christ is the Son of God (John 1:1-2; 5:7).

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus Christ is the creator of heaven and earth (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2).

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus Christ is the only Savior of the world (John 12:47).

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus is a miracle worker, healer of the sick (Luke 3:23; Matthew 11:5; John 6:5-14.

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus forgives sins (Matthew 9:2-6; Mark 2:5-10).

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus rose from the dead, but all the other prophets remain dead till this day (1st Corinthians 15:3-4).

More than a Muslim prophet, all who believe in Jesus Christ have everlasting life (John 3:36; Matthew 25:41).

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus is The Way, The Truth, and The Life (John 14:6).

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus is God (John 20:28).

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus is Lord (Matthew 22:43-44).

More than a Muslim Prophet, Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1, 14).

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus is the Messiah (John 4:25-26).

More than a Muslim Prophet, Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 1:8; 22:13).

More than a Muslim Prophet, Jesus Christ is the Redeemer (Mark 10:45; Titus 2:14).

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus Christ is the light of the world (John 8:12; 3:19-21).

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God (John 1:29, 36).

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus Christ is Ruler of creation (Revelation 3:14).

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus Christ is the only Mediator (1st Timothy 2:5).

More than a Muslim prophet, Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life (John 6:35).

Finally, more than a Muslim prophet, Jesus Christ will come again: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1st Thess.4:16).

Dear Kassa, one cannot compromise the real history of Jesus Christ with those people who do not accept his divinity, with those who simply say that Jesus Christ is a mere man and a prophet, and at that below the Prophet Muhammad.

Our Muslim friends believe that Jesus Christ is not the Son of God: “God is Unique! God, the Source [of everything]. He has not fathered anyone nor was He fathered, and there is nothing comparable to Him!” (Quran 112:1-4). They also believe that Jesus was not killed on the cross: “They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but they thought they did.” (Quran 4:157)

Therefore, Mr. Kassa, send the true message of Christmas untainted with an Islamic teaching. Don’t mix it up, please! The nature of Christ is purity, honesty, reliability, generosity, and gracefulness.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Assta B. Gettu

12/24/10 @ 19:09
Comment from: kill_terrorists [Member]  
kill_terrorists

Amen. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

12/24/10 @ 19:13
Comment from: INTERNAL affair [Visitor]
INTERNAL affair

AMEN TO THAT

12/24/10 @ 19:23
Comment from: john john [Visitor]
john john

i Wish you all the best Holiday season.

12/24/10 @ 21:14
Comment from: Seleme [Visitor]
Seleme

. . . ."Peace on Earth". . . .a Joyous Christmas to All!. . .

. . . .Give our LOVE on Christmas Day!. . .


12/25/10 @ 03:25
Comment from: Alemu [Visitor]
Alemu

Let us be ralistic!

All religions are part of a past history of distortion and ignorance about the universe and nature. Of course, they have some positive aspects in morality. But, to be totally possed by them in this modern time where science and technology are helping us to understand our being and the universe is like living in the past.

Let us learn from all Religions;but in this modern world they are only history, unless we are still brainwashed and lack to see our potential for new universal adventure.

Alemu.

12/25/10 @ 09:43
Comment from: Deer [Visitor]  
Deer

Our savior is born on this time some two thousand years ago. Our Lord proclaimed and said, “Joy to the World and Peace on Earth.”

12/25/10 @ 11:57
Comment from: Deer [Visitor]
Deer

Joy To The World, Our Lord is Born.

12/25/10 @ 12:00
Comment from: Tilahun [Visitor]
Tilahun

To All Ethiopian brothers sisters,
I wish you a happy x mas and prosperous,peaceful year to our country Ethiopia and its People

12/25/10 @ 14:09
Comment from: Min aynet gud [Visitor]
Min aynet gud

I agree mr getu. This is Christian holiday. Zimbelo yemaysfelig magobded min yibalal. Betam bizu atikebatru. Simply celebrate the birth of Christ the savior. Who came to wash away our sins. To liberate us from our past. Nets a awe tan bedmo. Muslim have there own prophet and beliefs and we should not force Jesus on them. Betam betam yemyasazin mezebarq newe. Leflafi

12/25/10 @ 18:09
Comment from: mesfin [Visitor]
mesfin

Dear Girma Kassa
You are dead & flat wrong. If you belive that Jesus is Lord, you wouldn’t portray what muslims consider Jesus as Issa, which is aprophet. You can not just appreciate the muslims belief as Jesus is prophet and at the same time write about Him as a saviour and Lord. You need to choose a clearly cut position before deciding to post your wrong discourse on a major Ethiopian website. AS to me, you are more of into politics than spirituality. Please try to understand the secret of Christmas before coming up to intermingle with the idea of unbelivers. Christmas is all about the birth of Lord Jesus Christ who is God.He is born & manifested in the form of flesh to our sin, while He was still God. Mentioning the Lord as a “prophet” alienates you with belivers. So I respectfully disagree and reject your discourse.
Jesus is Lord !
Amen !

12/25/10 @ 18:25
Comment from: Koraw [Visitor]
Koraw

Merry Christmas!

The Bible says:

“The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.” (Deuteronomy 24:16)

and The Quran says:

“…No person earns any (sin) except against himself (only), and no bearer of burdens shall bear the burden of another…” (Quran 6:164)

I hope that these words will confort each of us while healing our country’s trauma.

As St Agustin said “the truth will set you free"from the poison of resentement.

Best,
Koraw.

12/25/10 @ 20:55
Comment from: George [Visitor]
George

A wonderful and power message. We should always remember that God is at the heart of everything we do. Lets do the things that please God and live according to his teaching so that we are blessed for generations to come.
Thank you Ato Girma.

12/25/10 @ 21:03
Comment from: Voiceout [Visitor]
Voiceout

Excellent article. GOD is watching let us not disregard God’s ways of
responsibilities to one another.
Melkam Ge’na!

12/26/10 @ 15:19
Comment from: Hayelom [Visitor]
Hayelom

kassa are you sure jesus is born on December 25th?

12/26/10 @ 16:47
Comment from: c´moi senait [Visitor]
c´moi senait

here goes all these KUUTTARAMS whose brian is WASHED away by ABAY wanz.

Why is it so many churches in ethiopia has a whit chris/mary like they know the TRUE story or GOD son or may,not to mention Mary magdala a ……I once SAY in Bethelehem/Israel where chris was born…inside you find a MADE in china TOY,,a white child as a symbol and all the ppl. comes there think he is a Holy child representing that child who was born more than 2000 years ago. I was surprised to see a chines made toy right where chris was born, and NEVER paied any attention knowing that is WRONG. But let the fools be BLIND and here again one KUUTARRAM who thinks GOD is his #"¤#"” i say to you and millions of KUUTARMS GET a f¤"#¤ life and FEED your self.


12/27/10 @ 06:32
Comment from: Visitor [Visitor]
Visitor

GET lost you and likes are the one who advocates for the death of Ethiopia. It is irksome why you are not officially with the TEGARU. pLS LEAVE MY COUTRY ETHIOPIA!!!!!!!!!!

12/27/10 @ 18:58
Comment from: Z [Visitor]
Z

jESUS WASNT BORN IN DECEMBER 25 HE WAS BORN jAN 7 THE RESON HE WAS BORN SUMMER TIME WHICH IS SUMMER IN PART OF THE WORLD SPECIALLY IN EAST AFRICA AND JERUSALEM BUT I LIKE YOUR MESSAGE GOD BLESS

12/27/10 @ 19:20
Comment from: Amde Brhan [Visitor]
Amde Brhan

Dear Kassa and Ethiopians who follow the European Traditions, who follow the Traditions of men and not the commands of God.
December 25th is not the Birth of Christ. Period. Please do your research on the True meaning of Christ- Mass,the Christmas Tree, Yule tide, Santa Claus, all these are old pagan European customs covered up under the name of Christianity, you can google it, you will find many articles on this topic. As a western born Ethiopian who rejects the western way of worship and thinking, have adopted the Ethiopian Tewahedo Tradition and all the covenants that God has given to Ethiopia to be a custodian. Why do you’ll throw all this away and accept the European customs, were you’ll not warned by God, not to adopt the ways of the heathen nations around you?, why do I see pictures of Europeans posing as Christ and our Virgin mother replacing or mingling amongst our Ancient Icons in the homes and Churches. Is not Ethiopia the Last and only hope for Black people the world over. Have you’ll lost your place in history, you careless Ethiopians have gone astray from the Covenants of God. We need to change our hearts and spread the true Faith of our forefathers who have died to preserve it to this date. Are there no more faithful servants like Emperor Menelik who defended his country against European aggression, today the aggression has a new face, they are replacing Ethiopia’s Heritage with theirs. Look around brothers and sisters and see what has happened. This message is from a Son looking in from the outside.
I will wait till Jan 7th to say Melkam Lidet not Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas means something different. The word Mas or Mass does not mean Birth, it means Death.
google it for yourself and through your newspaper spread the correct message to your people.
Tell them it is Melkam Lidet- not Merry Christmas, the two is not the same and the date is different.
Selam. May the Lord open our Mind for His Wisdom, then opened he their understanding.

12/27/10 @ 20:26
Comment from: Tsimona [Visitor]
Tsimona

C’MOI seniet:
I wonder somtimes if you’re normal person. You sound like very angry old person, who is confined in her psy. hospital bed,who try to contact to outside worl…Take it easy..choose to live little bit longer..and do not forget to take your daily psy. medicaiton.

12/29/10 @ 15:27

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