Colored lights go up that reflect off the ornaments. The smell of pine fills the room.Holiday songs are constantly playing wherever I go. It is as if the very air around me has changed. It is the Christmas season and I can see it all around me, but do I feel it?
This year has been a little crazy for me. Christmas is going to come six days before I am fully discharged from an eating disorder treatment center. Gratefully, I am now out of 24 hour care and in a day program which means that I get to spend most of this holiday season at home.
As you can imagine, all of this makes it pretty difficult to get into the holiday spirit. But I want to! I mean, who doesn’t besides Ebenezer Scrooge? I want to feel and enjoy this Christmas!
Out of all of the Christmases in my past, the ones that were more focused on Christ were the best and most rewarding. So, to help me put Christ into my Christmas this year I am studying “The Living Christ” in 12 sections over 12 days. It’s the 12 days of CHRISTmas! Get it? Hehe. Anyways, I know that studying “The Living Christ” will build a relationship with Christ as I better understand his role in my life.
The first part of “The Living Christ” says:
As we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ two millennia ago, we offer our testimony of the reality of His matchless life and the infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice. None other has had so profound an influence upon all who have lived and will yet live upon the earth.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ was born into this world. Okay, so? Every second there are 4.3 babies born. That is a lot of babies! What makes him more special than any of the other births that happened this very second?
I mean I get it. Babies are cute and I feel better when I’m holding them. There was one day at the center where one of the therapists brought in her grandson and we got to hold him. It was terrific therapy for me! I couldn’t stop smiling that day. But how is Christ different then just any other cute smiling baby?
Christ is special because I know that his life and death has already affected every single person’s life, including my own. He died for me! Now if someone pushed me out of the way of a car hurling toward me and was killed I would never forget them. Christ did just that. He died for me to save me.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints just released a great video last Christmas season showing what the world would be like if Christ was never born. This video gives me chills because it allows me to better comprehend his profound influence upon the world and my life.
Without Christ I would not be where I am today. I would not be on the road to recovery. I would not be able to experience the peace and joy that I now can. Because of Him I am able to progress and grow. Through him I can become the person I know that I truly am, someone who isn’t always weighed down by overwhelming depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder. I know that is the true spirit of Christmas.
Read Day 2 of the 12 Days of CHRISTmas by clicking HERE