I've loved reading what so many of you are doing right now.  What things are filling your days during this most exciting time of year.  And yet, I can empathize with so many of you that want something more but must be patient.  Many of you that are expecting your own babe this Christmas which means what you want and what you really need are different.  Many of you are without loved ones close by and are feeling that sadness.  Many of you are healing physically from illness (or so are your children) or are healing emotionally from other pains in your life.  Despite what we would wish, life keeps moving, this holiday season pushes through, taking us along with it, whether we're ready or feeling the spirit of it.

We're all in different seasons of our lives, seasons that can change in a flash of a second...


My dear friend awaits a child this Christmas season.  None of the projects or decorations or baked cookies have happened this year for her.  Instead, trips to the ER, bedrest, and unfulfilled dreams of what she wanted for her little ones have been her reality.  As I read of her strength and understanding of this season, it reminded me of the strength of women.  Pregnancy, labor, and nurturing--all of which happen no matter the circumstances, comforts,  or time of year.

And so it was with Mary...


This month I've been preparing what gift I'm going to be giving to the baby Jesus on Christmas Eve night.  Our family writes something down on paper to go inside a special box that stays under the tree.  We work on something in our life for one full year as a gift to the Savior.

This year I know what my gift is. I know what, more than anything else, I need to give and become.  It is something that is seasonless, something that is required of me despite my season in live, hardships, or comforts in life.

It can be summed up in this quotation:

Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don't judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone's differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn't handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another's weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other.

Marvin J. Ashton


What would you become this year?

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