It has been an amazing Holiday season so far for the Gardner Family! We have been so blessed to be able to spend so much time with the girls, grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, and great friends! As the Holiday season is swiftly passing us by, I’d like to share some thoughts I had the other night as we were watching the play “A Christmas Carol” that really took a hold of me. These are my simple thoughts and feelings, and that is all.
First and foremost, family is the most important thing in this world. How blessed and humbled I am for the family I came from, the family I married into, and the family I now have with Ashley. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t thank my Father in Heaven for the bountiful blessing of my family. As we were watching the play and ghost of Christmas future was showing Scrooge of what was to come if he didn’t alter his ways, he showed Cratchit family mourning the loss of Tiny Tim. I couldn’t help but cry in that moment for any family that has had to experience something like that. The mere thought of losing one of my children is so excruciating, I don’t know what I would ever do if that were the case. Each day that I have with them only makes me love them more. Almost losing all of them before they came here when we were dealing with TTTS would have been horrendous, but I couldn’t imagine actually having them and holding them, and then having that lost. In that moment of the play, I said another silent prayer thanking my Father in Heaven for allowing my children to be here with Ashley and I. There truly is nothing more important to me than my family; all of them!
During this holiday season, it can be very easy to get caught up in the festivities and fun of shopping, decorating, and enjoying parties with family and friends. I don’t think there is one thing wrong with any of that, as I love it all! I do however find the need sometimes to remind myself what Christmas is all about. Once again as we were watching the play, I focused in on another small lesson. We make a difference in peoples lives every day; People we come in contact with, work with, speak on the phone to, family, friends, neighbors. We make an influence in their lives for the better or the worse. This message really provoked me to think how I treat people. Do I talk kindly, use friendly words? Do I invite the spirit of Christ to be in my presence, so others can feel it? Do I look for the positive in people, or focus on faults? Do I lend a hand when needed, without them asking? Do people like to be around me? Do I show love, and do people feel safe showing me love in return? These are all questions that flashed through my head in a moment. At the end of the play, I was really focused on what it was that I needed to change, and what I can be doing better. The focus was not only on what I could do myself, but what I had to offer others.
Lastly, my focus at the end of this play was that of our Savior, Jesus Christ. How grateful I am for his perfect example of what is good and right. His love for all, humility, obedience to our Father in Heaven, and Charity will never be forgotten. How humbled and blessed I feel to be able to have the knowledge of my savior Jesus Christ. Without him, I would be lost in a world of darkness. I am thankful for my savior, and for his infinite sacrifice for my soul. He died that I may live forever. Jesus Christ is who I choose to follow. I am his disciple and I love him dearly. May my thoughts and actions be in his honor this holiday season and the seasons to come. I only hope that is the case when we meet at the last day and embrace. I hope that I have done right by him.
God bless all of you this Holiday season! I wish you all the Merriest Christmas yet, and hope that all your New Years are as bright as the ones you dream about!
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