Two things last forever each Christmas. These provide lasting therapy to the boredom, dissatisfaction, and purposelessness of life.
First, God's Word.
"In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1).
The Word came during the first Christmas. The Christ of Christmas is the "Word made flesh."
"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger" (Luke 2: 10-12).
Sometime ago, I found the Word. It was during a city evening service in Makati. God revealed Himself to me through His Word. Since then, in all my ups and downs in life, I've never traveled alone. I found true serenity and security -- standing next to God.
"But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people" (Luke 2: 10).
When I wrote my first book, it was during a Christmas season. I told God that I want to help people heal and find His saving grace. So, the midnights and days alone I spent in front of my laptop would be well worth it even if it's just one person who discovers His Word through the book and goes to heaven as a result. God answers my prayer through people who come for therapy and counseling. They found healing from life's hurts through the Word inside the pages of the book.
Everything in the world will one day pass away. But two things last forever: God's Word and people.
The richest, happiest Christmas and life as a whole we'll ever experience will be invested in these.