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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Christmas Cheer

By Scott Harrup
Dec. 21, 2014

So much about the traditional Christmas season is time-constrained. Many of us put up a tree and decorations, perhaps right after Thanksgiving, and take them down again, perhaps around New Year’s Day (and quietly frown at neighbors who breech some unspoken boundary and leave evidence of the holidays until spring cleaning).

We mail Christmas cards early enough to alert recipients we hope to receive theirs. We keep tabs on the newspaper and mass mailers and TV and radio for alerts to the best holiday sales. We anticipate visits with family and friends, and perhaps enjoy one or more days off from work.

Then, so soon, the page on the calendar flips into the next year. A host of continuing responsibilities, new deadlines, and inevitable taxes march from tomorrow toward today. The Christmas season proves to be just that — a season. Perhaps a much shorter one for some than for others.

On the first Christmas, however, there was no time stamp applied to the angelic announcement of the blessings of the Savior’s birth.

“Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. ... Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:10,11,14, KJV).

Jesus’ arrival on Earth fulfilled a host of past prophecies and pointed to a future of immeasurable promise. In sending His Son, God was enacting His great plan of redemption for humanity, inviting every man, woman and child to entrust their lives to Him as their Heavenly Father.

Christmas is not merely a season; it is a reminder of a continuing reality. It is a clarion call to rejoice anew not only with the memory of the Babe in the manger, but the constant presence of the risen Savior. He is as close to each of His spiritual family as He was to Joseph or Mary or any apostle.

“I am with you always,” Jesus has promised (see Matthew 28:20). Your Christmas cheer need never wane. Whatever comes your way in 2015, the promise of His presence holds true.

Merry Christmas!

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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