During this holiday season, I always think about the good things that occur as we feel more inclined to reach out to friends, family, strangers and those in need. I love Christmas – but more importantly I love what Christmas represents. Our Savior’s birth and his death are pivotal events in the history and potential of mankind. I believe that few of us can truly comprehend the profound influence and blessings our Savior’s gifts to us.
In the most difficult of times, we are so richly blessed!
Seeing the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes in the nativity on my living room table reminds me of so many things:
- The potential of each and every newborn baby
- The incredible and perfect love of our Father in Heaven who knew only too well, at the birth of our Savior, what lay ahead for his infant son.
- The ability of our Father in Heaven to communicate to his children and the resulting visits of the shepherds and wise men to the baby Jesus.
- The mission that each of us is born accomplish and the responsibility that we each have to carry out those missions.
- How interconnected we are as a human family and how important it is to love and support each other.
- The importance of family and how our families were planned well in advance of our births.
- The Joy that is meant to be ours as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.
I sometimes struggle with the blatant efforts of commercial establishments to make the Christmas Holiday less of a spiritual experience and more of a see-how-much-we-can-get-consumers-to-spend experience.
However, I know that the true celebration of Christmas depends on us and not some box store that is brimming with consumer goods. I am grateful for the Christmas spirit that resides in my heart and in my own personal celebrations and I am grateful for the true Christmas spirit that I see demonstrated so often by my fellow men (and not just at Christmas time).
I am thankful for you and for the goodness you contribute to the world!
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