I have so much gratitude for dear friends who uplift and encourage, reign me in, and slap me up-side the head when needed. Parents who love and support me, and who I become closer and closer to as the years speed by.
I am filled with gratitude for this Christmas season and that spirit that has filled our home. What a delight it was to snuggle up with our children to read "A Christmas Dress for Ellen" and allow the tears to flow freely as we read of the generosity and love of distant family and complete strangers that sacrificed much of what they had to provide a precious Christmas miracle for a family in need.
I want my heart to be free of judgments and open to the needs of those around me. Is it possible in our day to be able to see the needy and destitute? Do I have the courage to walk up to them and offer my assistance? I hope so.
This Christmas our family is focusing on service. How grateful we are to have received a check in the mail from two giving hearts that were prompted to join in our efforts from a distance to serve those in need. Though the miles separate us, it is amazing how close we can feel as we join together in a cause for the good of others.
As I've pondered the birth of our Savior, I have thought about what His Christmas spirit means. Maybe the Christmas spirit comes from an inner desire to serve and help others during this time of year. The Savior said "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself." (Luke 10:27)
The Savior spent His life in the service of others. It is His life and His example, when we choose to emulate and follow, that fills us with His spirit... the Christmas spirit. He gave His precious life for us ~ the ultimate service to his brothers and sisters. You and I. What a wonderful time when the world, whether consciously or not, follows His divine example and the whole earth is flooded with the true spirit of Christmas.