Destination - Bethlehem

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Are We Ready To Receive Him As Our Lord And Savior?

BEHOLD THE SON OF GOD!

The crowds were beginning to swell in the little town of Bethlehem by the time Joseph, Mary arrived to fulfill their civic obligation.

Because of this gathering crowd, Joseph and Mary weren’t able to find the accommodations that Joseph would have desired for Mary, being great with child. There was no room for them in the inn, so they had to be content with the conditions in a humble stable.

It was while she was in this situation that Mary, gave birth to her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger.

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. “

Luke 2:14

Though King of kings, The Son of the Highest, The Only Begotten of the Eternal Father, Jesus the Christ.....was born in a humble stable.

“And an angel voiced to the shepherds abiding in the hills, “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”. Luke 2:11

“Oh Come, Let Us Adore Him!”

THE LORD IS COME!

Interesting that the words to this song of Joy, is ringing so loudly in our heart and mind...at this very moment.

Through our journey we have come to know the reality of His birth and the blessings that can flow into our lives. Joy comes when we embrace His love and put our faith in His miraculous birth, His life’s purpose, and His mission to save us from all our sin and sorrow.

Let’s embrace ‘..the glories of His righteousness, and wonders of His love’!

Joy to the World

Joy to the world! the Lord is come;

Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare him room,

And heaven and nature sing,

And heaven and nature sing,

And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns;

Let men their songs employ;

While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,

Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make His blessings flow

Far as the curse is found,

Far as the curse is found,

Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Come, rejoice and find rest for your souls and allow His peace to fill your heart!

RECEIVE HIM AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR

This Christmas season is an appropriate time to contemplate the health of our spiritual heart. Have we truly developed a heart of sacrifice, centered in our hope in and love for, Jesus Christ? We have all experienced challenges in striving to reach our desires on this ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ and sacrificing for that desire. This journey has created the experience that hopefully has brought a change to our heart. This is our moment to receive him as our Lord and Savior!

We have come a long way on our journey to arrive at the place where the Savior dwells....just in time to celebrate a truly heart felt Christmas with our families and our loved ones. I trust that our hearts are full, from our experiences and sacrifices as we have journeyed to this....our destination....our ‘Bethlehem’, where we can now witness to the world, the Lord’s presence in our lives.

Find room in your hearts for the wonder of His love and the glories of His righteousness....and then we can join “...all heaven and nature sing[ing].....Joy to the World”!

Focus on your heart right now.....do you feel Him? Do you understand more fully, the ‘wonders of His love’?

THE MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS

Because of your desire to go on this journey and make inspired changes to your life, this Christmas season can seem very emotional because of the fullness your heart is now feeling. You will feel blessed with the Spirit of the season, which is PEACE. You will experience the Gladness of the season, which is HOPE. And you will be touched with the Heart of the season, which is LOVE.

This is the ‘Miracle of Christmas’...the miracle that comes when we journey with our heart and intent focused on Christ. The miracle of life and light that He brought into the world that beautiful starlit night.

“Oh Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining, it is the night of our dear Saviors birth!”

“And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of Him, this is the testimony last of all which we give of Him: that he lives!” D&C 76:22

ANOTHER JOURNEY IS BORN

With the end of this amazing journey, we can look forward to a new journey. For with the dreams in our hearts, another journey is born. Embrace it and continue to journey to the light and life Jesus Christ offers!

“No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make His blessings flow, Far as the curse is found,”

~Joy To The World

THIS WEEKS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:

1 - On your Journal Page, write down the tender feelings that are filling your heart...feel the wonders, of His love and try to preserve those feelings by writing them down. How does it feel to have the desires of your heart fulfilled? How does it feel to know that your Savior is there to fill your heart with peace and love and give you hope and the strength to create a new life?

Maybe your journey took you a different direction....ofttimes that’s even better! Did that new direction fulfill an even higher desire or purpose?

2 - Write in your ‘Sacred Journal’ a letter to Heavenly Father. Share with Him the thoughts and feelings that are swelling in your heart, the feelings you want to witness to the world.

This is also a good time to begin your ponderings on a new journey, something that will elevate life for you and your family. What dreams do you have hidden in your heart, that will take you on a new journey to a new world?

May the ‘Miracle of Christmas’ fill your heart with joy!

Merry Christmas,

Love, Jeannie