“Have we ever felt such pure, unbounded thankfulness? During this Christmas season, and throughout the year, I pray that we will remember the Generous One—our God, our Father, our beloved Shepherd and Counselor.
For He is the Gift-Giver!
He is the Generous One!
When we, His children, plead for bread, He does not hand us a stone. Rather, He endows us with gifts so sublime and precious that they exceed our ability to fully comprehend and even imagine. He gives us:
- Eternal life.
This Christmas season we celebrate the greatest gift of all, the one that makes all other gifts possible—the birth of the babe of Bethlehem. Because of Him, “the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ. He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened.”
I joyfully give thanks to God for His generosity.
He saves us from loneliness, emptiness, and unworthiness.
He opens our eyes and our ears. He transforms darkness to light, grief to hope, and loneliness to love.
He frees us from a past of slavery and selfishness and opens the path to a present of purpose and a future of fulfillment.
This is He whom we worship.
This is our God.
This is the Generous One.
This is He who loves His children so completely that He offered His Only Begotten Son that all who follow Him will not perish but have everlasting life.
Because of Jesus the Christ, we need never feel like strangers again. We will rise with the just when He returns! And because of His perfect life and eternal sacrifice, one day we can stand with the angels of heaven and receive with them an eternal gift.
May we, this Christmas season, remember our generous Heavenly Father and give profound and heartfelt thanks to our Almighty God, who has given all of His children wings to fly. This is my humble and sincere prayer and my heartfelt blessing to all at this Christmas time and always, in the name of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.”
– President Dieter F. Uchtdorf ↗