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Monday, December 7, 2009

Motivational Monday - The Wondrous Gift

The Wondrous Gift
(Spencer W. Kimball)
We set up the evergreen tree with its gleaming, brightly colored lights; we hang wreaths and bells; and we light candles—all to remind us of that wondrous gift, the coming of our Lord into the world of mortality.

We send Christmas cards to numerous friends and relatives, pulling back into happy memories the loved ones who have moved out of our immediate association.

Like the wise men who opened their treasury and presented to Jesus gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh, we present to our loved ones things to eat and wear and enjoy.

Though we make an effort to follow the pattern of gift giving, sometimes our program becomes an exchange—gift given for gift expected. Never did the Savior give in expectation. I know of no case in his life in which there was an exchange. He was always the giver, seldom the recipient.

Never did he give shoes, [socks], or a vehicle; never did he give perfume, a shirt, or a [coat]. His gifts were of such nature that the recipient could hardly exchange or return the value. His gifts were rare ones: eyes to the blind, ears to the deaf, and legs to the lame; cleanliness to the unclean, wholeness to the infirm, and breath to the lifeless. . . . His gifts were . . . light in the darkness, forgiveness to the repentant, hope to the despairing. His friends gave him shelter, food, and love. He gave them of himself, his love, his service, his life.

The wisemen brought him gold and frankincense.
He gave them and all their fellow mortals resurrection, salvation, and eternal life. We should strive to give as he gave.

(The Gifts of Christmas, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999], p. 129.)


The Garden of Egan said...

Beautiful! You are very thought provoking.
Love it.

Valerie said...

Great December post! I love that picture of the Three Wise Men with Jesus. I haven't seen it before.


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