#LightTheWorld: A Christmas Compass

via Daily Prompt: Compass

Yesterday I had the opportunity to sing in our Church service. The piece I chose was Gesù Bambino by Pietro Yon with the Frederick H. Martens translation, although I sang the first chorus in the orignal Italian. It is such a simple, beautiful hymn paying tribute to the sweet, humble birth of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. 

Last year my Church invited all to particpate in the Light The World Christmas Initiative. In simple, meaningful ways we were invited to do a simple act of kindness, of service to others for 25 days. It was so much fun that my husband and I were excited that it was carried over into this 2017 Christmas season. 

Just like the brightly shining star guided the Wise Men to where the Christ Child lay, we use the #LightTheWorld suggestions to act as our compass, guiding us with ideas for simple acts of Christlike love and service to others. Our actions, whether seen or unseen, become part of the #25Days25Ways “grateful chorus swell” that “acclaim His name.”

For truly as we adore others in Christlike service, we are showing that we truly “adore Him, Christ the Lord.”

 

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The Power of Pain: Suffering Sanctifies

This past week I had the blessing of experiencing pain…upon my feet. And before that I spent eight weeks healing a broken toe. It has been irritating, frustrating, and at times a little depressing for I have not been able to do two of the physical challenges that I had been training to do, even dropping out of a third before it started. 

To combat my personal woes I have tried to serve others and spent a lot of time counting my personal blessings so as not to turn into a crybaby whiner.  Watching videos and reading uplifting words reminded me that service blesses the giver and the receiver and both are edified. 

Pain serves a purpose. And I can become a better person for my minor discomforts.

Go, and Do Thou Likewise ~ Ensign May 1997

[Can we] set aside our love of substance and hear the cry of the hungry, the needy, the naked, and the sick? ~ H. David Burton 

Infinite Needs and Finite Resources ~ Glenn L. Pace  

 

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