25 Days of Christmas Quotes: Day 25

First of all…Merry Christmas! I hope you get to bask in the spirit of the season, surrounded by those you love. Don’t eat too many goodies! Or maybe do and pay for it later? I’m afraid I’m just going to have to let you make that extremely difficult choice yourself. =)

Because it’s the 25th of December, my 25 Days of Christmas Quotes is coming to an end today. It probably doesn’t show, but I spent incredible amounts of time creating these 25 posts. But after having labored over them, I come away richer. I hope you do, too.

And now, the finale.

In his talk Can We See the ChristDieter F. Uchtdorf observed:

“I wonder how many in Bethlehem knew that right there, close to them, the Savior had been born? The Son of God, the long-awaited and promised Messiah—He was in their midst!”

He continues:

“Sometimes the most difficult things to see are those that have been right in front of us all along…We who have heard the glorious message of the coming of the Son of God, we who have taken upon us His name and have covenanted to walk in His path as His disciples—we must not fail to open our hearts and minds and truly see Him.”

So the question becomes: How do we truly see Him?

The Christmas carol O, Come, All Ye Faithful invites us to view Christ as a child:

“O, come, all ye faithful, 
Joyful and triumphant!
Oh, come ye, oh come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him,
Born the king of Angels” 

But beholding Christ as a glorious child, or even as a great human being and teacher, ultimately isn’t enough. Christ himself asks us to look deeper:

“Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands and feet…” (D&C 6:37)

Beholding Christ, seeing him for who he is – our Redeemer – is vital. Accepting Him as our Savior – even more so.

But we can’t stop there either. As the same verse continues:

“…be faithful, keep my commandments, and ye shall inherit the kingdom of heaven.”

And so the attention turns from the adored to the adorer:

O, Come, All Ye Faithful.

This Christmas, and every day that follows, I hope we remember that the long-awaited and promised Messiah came. He lived and died for us. And today, he stands ready to help us in matters large and small.

Christ has done his part.

Now let us do ours. Let’s Be Faithful.

Xmas25

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