I hope you all had a very merry Christmas y una Navidad bien feliz! I was well taken care of this year by many different families here in our ward. I got to spend the holiday surrounded by friends and stuffed with good food! I hope the same was true for all of you 🙂
I know it’s officially the 26th, but if it’s alright, I wanted to share one last Christmas message before the season comes to a close. This past week I reflected a lot on the Nativity story. It’s one that most of us have heard for all of our lives. Mary was visited by an angel and she was told that she would be the mother of the Son of God. Christ was born in a stable because there was no room in the inn. A star in the heavens led the shepherds and the wise men to the babe. This little infant would grow and go onto perform many miracles, preach peace, be put to death at the hands of an angry mob and ultimately, provide the way home for all of us. It’s a familiar tale.
This year the part of the story where the Savior of the world was born in a stable, struck me in a way that it never had before. His earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, had willingly submitted to the great responsibility of bringing this important soul into the world. They surely felt the pressure of such a task and would’ve wanted to do all they could to provide the best for Him. Yet there they were, weary travelers in Bethlehem just hours away from the arrival of their newborn baby, unable to find any form of refuge anywhere in that city. There was no room in the inn. That’s a pretty valid cause for a little frustration and heartache, maybe even a little questioning why.
Elder Anderson of the quorum of the twelve Apostles teaches, "Remembering Mary reminds us that many of the sorrows, difficulties, uncertainties, and challenges that confront us should not be seen as heaven’s disfavor but rather as defining moments in our lives- opportunities to go forward in faith, realizing that the full purposes of the Lord will be understood, if not at that very moment, then later."
Think of all that was gained because of the humble circumstances of His birth. No one need ever feel alone in rejection or time of hardship. When all may seem hopeless, when tough times come- tough times that we may feel undeserving of or confused about why it had to be us, why it had to be then and in that way, that’s when we ought to remember Christ.
He is our Savior and our friend. He knows our thoughts and our hearts. He understands because He’s personally felt it. He’s been there.
It’s all part of the plan. There is a divine hand at work in our lives. Our Heavenly Father loves us. That’s why He sent His son and that’s why He allows trials. It’s to help us grow and progress. Recognizing and trusting in that makes all the difference.