Christmas lights are hung, and, when we pause to remember, “the beautiful lights of every holiday season remind us of Him who is the source of all light.”¹ Jesus Christ is the light of the world! As we celebrate His birth, how do we keep the CHRIST in Christmas?
Jesus Christ spent much of His ministry caring for individuals, one by one. For the month of December I am excited to follow suggestions from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have created the hashtag #LightTheWorld, and provide a different focus each week of December to follow the example of Jesus Christ. There are so many different ways to share our time, love, and resources with those in need. The ultimate goal is to GIVE AS HE GAVE. What a perfect guideline!
As I look around the world and see so much destruction from natural disasters, war, disease, and famine, I have wondered how I can help the people who need it most? Christ taught, “Ye are the light of the world.” I am grateful for the following ways that give the opportunity to bless many of God’s children near and far. Together we can make a difference, and be the light of the world Jesus taught us to be.
You can #LightTheWorld however you’d like, or you can begin with these suggestions:
- Share about someone who has been an example to you of Christlike service. Post to social media using #LightTheWorld.
- Seek out a person from another culture and learn his or her story.
- Visit a Giving Machine or make a donation to help a global cause. You can donate food and clothing, and even goats and chickens!
- Collect supplies to help refugees from war-torn regions. Here are some links to both global and local partners helping to #LightTheWorld
I know by serving others and following the example of the Savior, my family will feel more fully the Spirit of Christ this Christmas. It is my goal to follow His example, and give as He gave. That is truly the gift I can offer the Messiah as I celebrate Him. May we unite and give love to all we can! The Spirit of Christ can illuminate our hearts and bring joy to us at Christmas and always. “He is the Light of the World and the sure source of comfort, hope, peace, and joy.”²
Wishing you Christmas blessings,
1 –David A. Bednar,“The Light and the Life of the World”
2 -Henry B. Eyring, “The Light and the Life of the World”