Elder’s Insights – December 5th, 2016


The Christmas season resurrects many traditions and memories that we look forward to or not. There are holiday parties to attend, family photos to do, family gatherings and sometimes many gatherings with in-laws and divorced parents, volunteer opportunities, shopping, and the list keeps going…..It also can be a tough time of year for many of us. Whether it be loved ones who are no longer with us, long distance family relationships or just the financial burden of this season.
My favorite tradition is to attend our church Christmas Eve candlelight service. At the beginning of this service and as far back as I can remember, Don Wyckoff leads us in a corporate sigh of relief from the busyness and commercialization this season tends to bring us. It always feels good to take that deep breath and let the air out. This is the moment where we can turn from our commercial or other distractions and focus on Christ and what he means to each and every one of us.
As I reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ, I know that our Heavenly Father provides for us! He provided his Son, The Savior to this world! Christ means a personal relationship with God the Father. I look back over the year and evaluate how I cultivated that relationship. Did I follow the Holy Spirits leading? Did I submit to his authority in the things that I do? Did I honor him and proclaim Him? I’m still working on these three questions but I do know one thing, people seem to be more open to the message of Christ than any other time of year. More doors will be open for us to proclaim the good news of Christ!
Be ready for the opportunities you might have to share Christ. It might be through a busy shopping experience, a company Christmas party, it might be through a volunteer opportunity at a homeless shelter, or even through meeting a new person or family visiting our church and there is so many other ways.
Jesus Christ is the best gift we can have! Through Him we have eternal life.
John 1:12, John 6:37, John 6:40, Romans 1:16
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Elder Tom


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