Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Thoughts...

It's Christmas time and we have so much to be thankful for. While I am a meticulous planner, I have made an effort to put aside the shopping lists and the gift wrap and take time for our Savior. I think of that small baby lying in a manger, so pure and so innocent and I think of my own son. How I cry at the thought of that little boy growing up to make the greatest sacrifice of all, the very sacrifice that gets me through my daily longing for my own little one who passed on. I think of a baby who grew to lead a life dedicated to love and service. And then I think of my own son who brought so much love into my own life, even if it was for a short while. My love for our Savior grows as I put him at the center of my priorities. This baby boy is the reason we celebrate Christmas and I pray that you can take time to remember what He has done for you. Merry Christmas!

"The Christmases I remember best, the Christmases which touched my heart the most, are Christmases filled with love and giving and the Spirit of the Savior. . . . Bringing the Christmas spirit into our hearts and homes takes conscious effort and planning but can surely be accomplished." -Thomas S. Monson

"While it’s true that we can find materialism and anxiety in Christmas, it is also true that if we have eyes to see, we can experience the powerful message of the birth of the Son of God and feel the hope and peace He brings to the world." -Dieter F. Uchtdorf