Sunday, December 19, 2010

Coming Home!

A story that someone told today in church was about the feelings of Christmas and coming home! How so many of the Christmas songs talk about coming home, and what that feels like. We know that when we come home that it will be a place of rest. ( or at least that is what our homes should be like ) It is a place where you are loved, no matter what your faults are. It's a safe place. A place of great comfort. Then the speaker mentioned that similar, should be the feelings of being close to Christ. Someone who loves you know matter what, who comforts you in time of need. Someone who brings great peace to your heart. Yes, coming home and all the feelings that come with that, are much like knowing the Savior and making Him a central part of our lives. I love the feeling of HOME and especially at Christmas time!2011 Christmas Open House 004

  (Here is a photo of our kitchen, right before the Christmas Open House)

"It is possible for Christ to be born in men's lives and when such an experience actually happens, a man is " in Christ" Christ is "formed" in him. This presupposes that we take Christ into our hearts and make Him the living contemporary of our lives. He is not just a general truth or fact in history, but the Savior of men everywhere and at all times. When we strive to be Christlike, He is "formed" in us; if we open the door, He will enter; if we seek His counsel, He will counsel us. For Christ to be "formed" in us, we must have a belief in Him and in His Atonement. Such a belief in Christ and the keeping of His commandments are not restraints upon us. By these, men are set free. This Prince of Peace waits to give peace of mind, which may make each of us a channel of that peace.
   The real Christmas comes to him who has taken Christ into his life as a moving, dynamic, vitalizing force. The real spirit of Christmas lies in the life and mission of the Master."
   ~ Howard W. Hunter

"Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration."  ~Charles Dickens

"The light is what guides you home, the warmth is what keeps you there."  ~Ellie Rodriguez

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