Graceful Christmas: Of Receiving and Giving
In the holiday spirit of gift-giving this Christmas season, we wish to share a first-century message of Christ's redeeming grace described in the New Testament. Truly, the graceful gift is a giving that profoundly moves us to give in return.
A wonderful hymn in the LDS hymnbook, number 219, powerfully expresses this thought, "Because I have been given much, I too must give." This hymn should be sung at all times, but especially at Christmastime. In preparing to give Christmas presents, who wouldn't say to themselves, "Because Jesus has given so infinitely much to me, I too must give"? And in feeling grateful after Christmas, who shouldn't say, "Because I have received such treasures this Christmas, I too must give and show my thanks indeed"?