There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus the Christ. Let it be a time that lights the eyes of children and puts laughter on their lips. Let it be a time for lifting the lives of those who live in loneliness. Let it be a time for calling our families together, for feeling a closeness to those who are near to us and a closeness also to those who are absent. ~ Thomas S. Monson (Image and caption from Facebook Page – I Sustain Thomas S. Monson).
What wonderful and comforting words during this holiday season where the hearts of men and women everywhere are heavy. Let us all do well to remember the precious gift our Heavenly Father has bestowed upon us when our beloved Savior and Redeemer of the world was brought into mortality as a lowly babe to humble parents.
In the Christmas Devotional that aired on December 9, 2012, President Thomas S. Monson reminds us the following truth – that by focusing on Jesus Christ, We can keep Him in our thoughts and in our lives as we go about the work He would have us perform here on earth.
President Eyring comments on the simplicity of giving to others this Christmas season by saying: In token of this greatest of gifts, the Christmas season becomes for most of us a time of finding joy in giving to others,” Through giving to others, we focus on the needs of those around us rather than on the needs of our own hearts and desires. It is less about what we want this holiday season and more about what we are able to give and provide to those who may otherwise go without.
Along with the statements of President Monson and Eyring, President Dietrich Uchtdorf reminds us that we ought to show forth a heart of gratitude for the things that we receive from others:
As we get older, however, our ability to receive gifts with the same enthusiasm and grace seems to diminish. Sometimes people even get to the point where they can’t receive a gift or, for that matter, even a compliment without embarrassment or feelings of indebtedness. They mistakenly think that the only acceptable way to respond to receiving a gift is by giving back something of even greater value. Others simply fail to see the significance of a gift — focusing only on its outward appearance or its value and ignoring the deep meaning it has to the sincere giver.
Let us all be grateful for those that we have in our lives, the kindness of our neighbors, remember and do what we can to serve and give to those who stand in need of simple blessings. Christmas is not about what we can get from others – it is about giving to others, being grateful for those things we receive, and above all others – remembering the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Savior who came to teach us the way to eternal life and immortality. For it is the gift of our Heavenly Father, through His Only Begotten Son, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (Moses 1:39).
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