‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!’

| December 18, 2012 | 0 Comments


Chaplain (Col.) Mike Dugal
U.S. Army-Pacific Command Chaplain

This year will be our first Christmas in Hawaii,

My wife and I have already strolled down King Street to take in the Honolulu Lights.

What an amazing gift to see the multiple displays and, of course, to enjoy a hot malasada. Who could not love Hawaii during this time of the year?

The answer is that many of our Soldiers and family members will not be able to enjoy this special holiday as a traditional family or as a cultural event. One of the reasons is that, due to their commitment of honor and service to our nation, they are still deployed and separated.

Another reason, many in our community have lost the reason for the season, or have never heard the amazing news of the angels singing, “Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests”(Luke 2:14).

From a Christian perspective, Christmas is not about the mere purchasing and exchanging of gifts with friends and family, although that does take place.

It is not simply about singing “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.” It is much more than singing or saying Mele Kalikimaka and waving the shaka.

For Christians, Christmas is about celebrating the birth of the promised child, about God becoming flesh, Immanuel, God with us. It is recognizing that what Jewish prophets foretold almost 700 years before it ever happened, finally happened, in the small city of Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago.

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord”(Luke 2:11).

As you celebrate Christmas this year, or watch those around you celebrate it, I ask that you would take in the wonder of the season.

The Honolulu Lights are an amazing gift to our tourists and kama‘aina. Still, I must proclaim that the greatest gift is “the true light that gives light to every man who came into the world” (John 1:6).

May that true light shine in your heart and throughout your home this Christmas, and may you behold the glory and peace of God. Truly, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Ke Akua Ho‘omaika‘i Oe, God bless you!


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