Today my companion and I walked in the snow! Oh my goodness there is nothing like a New York Christmas. Talk about “hello lake effect!” Wahoo!
But there was something so peaceful and so just COOL of the snow falling all around us even as there were cars WHOOSHING by us on main street. Then all the sudden I was thinking of every old Christmas movie I watched when I was at home. Not like in a distracting way of course, but of the happy endings we see in Holiday Inn, or Miracle on 34th Street, or White Christmas. They all end happily ever after with snow fluttering around. And it made me think… even if people don’t believe in Christ or in God, why can’t we still fellowship them and love them like we are told to?
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. –John 13:34
Ok hi! Hello! Screaming be nice and love even if there is no love in return sometimes. But most of the time, when we spread love. We gain in return so many many blessings.
One of my favorite Christmas movies back home was It’s a Wonderful Life! Tells the story of George Bailey and how he goes on to be a banker and successful business man and along the way their are many bumps and bruises till at long last the business is going downhill and it seems impossible for anyone to be able to see it ever come back together. So he wants to take his life. Towards the beginning of the movie, during a crisis at the bank, George Bailey goes and gives his money that he saved up for him and his wife to many of the citizens of Bedford Falls. Well a few years later his business go kaput, and he gets so sad that he almost jump off a bridge! But a new friend pops into the picture, Clarence. Clarence shows George just how much impact he has had in so many people’s lives. It’s incredible, because really one person does in fact make such a difference in so many people’s lives. And that’s what George Bailey does see how much he has. Although he may not have everything he ever dreamed of, a nice car and house and everything like his brother, he has a family he loves, and a roof over his head, and friends who care about him. The best part of that movie is when he’s running around screaming “MERRY CHRISTMASSSSS!” (Totally something I would do!) after he realizes how significantly blessed he is. Basically I lose it in tears every single time I watch that movie especially when all of his friends give back the loan he gave at the beginning of the movie. Oh boy. Getting teary eyed even writing this. But I love it because God knows each and every one of us so well that He is willing to send those guardian angels when we need them. Especially when we have served our fellowman.
Do you feel your eyes brimming with tears yet? I DO!
Something our mission President has challenged us to do this month is to have a white Christmas. Meaning to help someone perform an ordinance to come unto Christ such as a baptism, or temple endowment, or even someone who has been lost for awhile coming back and performing work for the dead in the sacred walls of the temple. I know it’s possible to do this. But I want everyone out in the world, member or nonmember to also have a white Christmas in the fact of helping someone come unto Christ in any possible way. So take for example this. Giving a Book of Mormon and inviting them to read a passage about Christ and what it means to follow Him. Or maybe even shoveling someones driveway. Helping them FEEL the love of Christ in a way that someone really does care for them. I don’t know! Be creative. But go and do it! And realize how much we do have when we serve.
There will be miracles this holiday season! I can feel it! Merry Christmas! May your holidays be white. 😉 And may you run around the street shouting “MERRY CHRISTMAS!”
because Christ lives!
This is my area looking great in it’s white Christmas attire! 😉
Sister Lewis is excited for a white Christmas! Are you?