What Are You Waiting For?
Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.
More likely than not, you'll be spending time waiting for someone or something this Christmas season. Maybe you're traveling for a long-overdue reunion with loved ones, and you're excitedly awaiting long TSA screenings at the airport. (Just kidding.)
We're all enveloped in the hustle and bustle of the season, from Black Friday (which apparently now begins on Thanksgiving afternoon?) to the Christmas Eve "How-could-I-forget-to-buy-something-for-them?" dash to the greeting card aisle at the nearest pharmacy. Ironically, waiting is a big part of all that running around.
Whether you read the prophets' words in the Bible or the Book of Mormon, one thing is for sure -- they all prophesied of Christ! Every single one of them. Whether they described His birth, His crucifixion, or even His visits to all the isles of the seas, the prophets knew the most important purpose of their preaching was to point the people towards Christ. Some of the prophets never even saw Christ arrive, but that did not shake their faith.
Thank God, we have great reason to rejoice this season. The joy of Christmas is no longer about waiting!
Because the biggest gift of all, Christ, is already here. He has already come to this world as a baby boy and spent His life among us so that He could bring salvation to all who choose to believe on His name.
Samuel the Lamanite prophesied of Christ's birth five years in advance (Helaman 14:2). Can you imagine waiting five more years for your loved one to arrive at the airport, anxiously anticipating seeing him? (Read a few chapters ahead in 3 Nephi 1 to learn about the danger the saints faced while waiting and believing on Christ — who knew waiting for something could endanger one's life?)
So, while I'm standing around in lines this Christmas season, I can ask myself a simple question: What have I been waiting for, Christmas or Christ?
Instead of rushing around, I want to spend time with family and friends, enjoying one another's company. I want to read the Christmas story in the Bible and the Book of Mormon and share the joy of Christ with my coworkers.
Will your branch have an end-of-the-year slideshow on New Year's Eve to reminisce over the blessings, baptisms, and wonderful miracles Christ brought this past year? Maybe your Christmas program includes testimonies of how Christ affected both young and old. Post a comment below, and give us examples of how you have shared in the joy of Christ's arrival! May God bless you, and Merry Christmas!
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.