A long time ago, in the small town of Bethlehem, a bright star appeared in the sky. It was a symbol of the birth of our Savior, foretold by ancient prophets. Wise men saw this star and traveled to bring gifts to Him. Angels rejoiced and visited shepherds to tell them of these “good tidings of great joy.”
Today is Christmas Eve, a time for us to remember that holy night when Christ was born. Because of our Heavenly Father’s great love for us, He sent His Son to Earth as the perfect example for us. God’s gift of His Son is the best present we can ever receive! Because our Savior was born in Bethlehem that night long ago, we can return to live with Heavenly Father someday. Our families can be together forever. We can be forgiven of our mistakes, and He can help us overcome our weaknesses. Isn’t that a miraculous gift?
The message of our Savior’s birth is one of “great joy.” We feel this happiness at Christmastime, and can feel it every day because of Him.
In the words of President Russell M. Nelson, “My dear brothers and sisters, the joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives. When the focus of our lives is on God’s plan of salvation… and Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in our lives. Joy comes from and because of Him. He is the source of all joy. We feel it at Christmastime when we sing, ‘Joy to the world, the Lord is come.’ And we can feel it all year round. For Latter-day Saints, Jesus Christ is joy!”
When I think of Christmas, I picture scenes of joy and light. I think this is a reflection of why we celebrate Christmas – because our Savior came to the world. He is the one source of light and happiness. As we remember Him this season, we feel the peace He brings into our lives. And if we constantly remember Christ, we can feel His peace and joy all the time.
Merry Christmas! I’m grateful for your examples as lights to the world. 🙂
How do you remember Christ at Christmas time? How can you feel this Christmastime joy year round?