Updated: Dec 30, 2021
I hope you have been enjoying faith, family, and friends this Christmas season! I think it has been quite a year -- quite the last two years! Even though we love finally being able to relish the fun and festivities of the holidays, I am especially reminded of the true meaning of Christmas: The gift of God's Son to the World, the greatest gift ever given.
"For God son loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life," John 3:16.
The birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ, his Life, Example, Atonement, Death, Burial, & Resurrection provide us the way to Everlasting Hope, Healing, Happiness & Life with our loved ones in His Kingdom.
"For behold, this life is the time for men (and women) to prepare to meet God," Alma 34:32.
Our lives are designed so that we can develop a relationship with Him. We have been given "the heavenly gift of an inner compass ... which ensures that guiding sense homeward (back to God)." Heaven Heals (Finding Hope in the Reunion with Your Lost Loved One.)
“But the noise and distraction of physical surroundings nearly guarantee an interference from the central radar, our holy guide. Difficulties, even losses, although unpleasant and painful, are the “built-in mechanism through which we are drawn inward to our core navigation system. It is the suffering, pain, challenge, adversity, desperation, and longing that assure our ascendant cries of distress will ultimately invoke that miraculous Godly intervention, which delivers us from hopelessness and darkness into recovery and light.” Heaven Heals —
By design, God has created this means whereby we can come to know him. Our families and friendships, the good times and bad, all of life’s experiences give us this opportunity to form and strengthen our relationships with Him.
If we use His gift of Free Will to turn towards him in good times, with gratitude and praise, and in difficult times, with patience and faith, He is always there, always with us and blessing us. We will begin to see his hand during these encounters in all our circumstances and our knowledge and familiarity with him will grow.
Our decision to follow his example will one day ensure that we hear those anticipated and treasured words we all want to hear: “… Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” Matthew 25:21.
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This true Christmas Spirit of following the example of the Lord can live in our hearts and our minds. Our hearts are the receptors of love, grace, faith, and kindness, which we can share with our families, friends, and all those within our circles of influence, even offering a smile or a compliment to a complete stranger, lighting the world with hope and peace throughout this joyous season and continuing all year long.
Our minds are the power houses that can move atoms; they can rearrange & repair molecules, which create sweet sleeping visions, as well as, lively waking dreams.
Dreams are gifts from God.
Praying, reading God's Word, exercising faith, lifting and helping those around us, these all grow our connection to God. The more we believe His Words and Promises, and the more we act on the upright thoughts and imaginations in our own heads, the closer we come to understanding the true power of the sacred, liberating minds Almighty God has given us.
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The Great Awakening
I hope we can use the magic of this holiday season to embrace the Christmas Spirit, increasing our relationships with God and magnifying a focus towards the accomplishment of our individual and collective dreams.
We have the opportunity to re-awaken our personal desires that improve and fulfill us. We can also expand our world consciousness to the limitless possibilities of a restored and united Republic, improving the lives of humanity, and reviving the legacy of a global reconnection to God.
Does that sound like a pipe dream?
Well, maybe so, but if we don't sell ourselves short, we just might grasp the majesty, power, and true meaning of Christmas.