Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Doesn't Have to End

What a wonderful Christmas me and my family had yesterday. I feel blessed beyond measure to have such an abundant life... I'm not talking about material abundance although I know I have more than most of the people in the world... the abundance I'm talking about is the abundant wisdom, guidance, light, knowlege, comfort, peace and joy found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Herein is found the riches of eternity, riches that will never rust or decay- riches that cannot be stolen by theives on earth... these are where the greatest gifts are found.

May I share with you some bits and pieces of a Christmas devotional given December 1992

President Monson quoted, “President Hugh B. Brown counseled that the spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than things. To catch the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the Spirit of Christ.

“This is the spirit which marked that first Christmas day—a day foretold by the prophets of old,” President Monson explained. After quoting several scriptures prophesying the birth of Christ, President Monson continued: “One penetrating lesson taught at Christmastime is the lament of the Lord: ‘The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.’ (Matt. 8:20.)

“ ‘No room at the inn’ dogged His footsteps and saddened His heart,” President Monson continued. “Let us remember the supreme gift described by the Apostle Paul: ‘The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’ (Rom. 6:23.) His promise is forever valid: ‘Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him.’ (Rev. 3:20.)

“The real spirit of Christmas lies in His assurance: ‘I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: “ ‘And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.’ (John 11:25–26.)”

President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the devotional. He, too, remarked on the gift Jesus Christ gave to all people. “His is the gift given to all men to rise from the grave in resurrection. His is the invitation to go on to eternal life. “We love Him. We honor Him. We thank Him. We worship Him. He has done for each of us and for all mankind that which no other could have done. God be thanked for the gift of His Beloved Son, the Savior and Redeemer of the world, the Lamb without blemish who was offered as a sacrifice for all mankind. “We testify of His living reality,” President Hinckley concluded. “We testify of His divine love. In our times of grateful meditation, we acknowledge His priceless gift to us and pledge our love and faith. Again at this Christmas season, we bear witness of Him.”

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