A Christmas Message

Secretary R.A. Salalima, DICT
(Delivered on December 16, 2016)

Nobel Laureate (1928) Sigfrid Udset wrote:

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His (God’s) name, let us remember that He has given us the sun, the moon, and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans and all that live and move upon them.

God has given us all green things and everything green that blossoms and bears fruits, and all that we quarrel about and all that we misused. And to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.”

December is upon us. December is Christmas. A time to merrymake, and more, a time to share and to give of ourselves. Gift-giving is not about material things. It is all about giving and sharing part of yourself. It is the loving thoughts that count. That is why true giving is when you give and give until it hurts.

The story of Father Pig and Mother Hen is classic. One day, Mother Hen said to Father Pig, “How much do you love our Master? I love him very much by giving him part of myself. I give him eggs everyday for his morning breakfasts.” “That’s nothing,” Father Pig responded. He added: “When the time comes when our Master needs me, I will give him my life.”

But Christmas need not be in December alone. It must be on anytime of the year because every time is the right time to do what is right, particularly to our neighbor, a co-worker, and to our fellowmen.

When we extend our hand in reconciliation to an enemy, despite a past unforgotten pain, we give him the gift of peace and, in the process; we make our little universe vibrate with happy energies. The science of Physics tells us that all of humanity is a bundle of myriad of energies in vibration, happy or sad, depending on the mood of those that constitute the whole of that universe.

When a parent sacrifices every morsel of scanty rice on his overworn plate to feed his starving children in the slums that is a gift of pure parental love. It is his life that he gifts to his children.

When every morning or at dusk, whilst tired, you greet me “Hello!” with a smile, in the corridors of our building, you share your “human-ness” by gifting me your love and compassion.

Above all, when, as public servants, we dedicate the best of our time and efforts by being true to DICT’s mandates, by improving the lot and the future of our children, by paying forward for the great dreams, sacrifices, and deeds of our forebears in bringing us to where and how we are now, we share not just a simple gift but a lasting LEGACY of a better world–a Nation for and of our children.

There is joy in receiving, but never fail to say “Salamat” or “Thank You.”

What does it profit us to say this simple phrase to our neighbor or a DICT co-worker, we, too, praise the good Lord because God, in His ways unfathomable, had showered you His blessings thru the intercession of a fellowman. You thank then the Lord for his infinite Goodness!

As public servants, be of service to others, the Filipino, to our country, and your personal God because as Nathan C. Shaeffer wrote:

At the close of life,
The question will be not
how much have you got
but how much have you given,
not how much have you won,
but how much have you done,
                        not how much have you saved,
but how much have you sacrificed.
It will be how much
                        have you loved and served

not how much were you honored.