Christmas has come and most people by now have put away all the trimmings. Before I put every last item away, I want to share an experience I had shortly before Christmas. I have desired to take a special picture of the Spokane Washington Temple. For people who share my faith, it is a Holy place of great significance. There are times when I feel Heaven is very near, and I often have that feeling when I visit the temple.
On a frigid and partly cloudy morning a week before Christmas eve, I felt impressed to go to the temple and photograph it. So my husband and I went. With people coming and going at the entrance, I walked to the street side where I was alone. In a brief moment, the sun shone through the clouds and I felt the magnitude of my Heavenly Father’s love as the rays of the sun illuminated the tree in front of me. It was brief, but long enough to capture this image.
This photograph is a reminder to me that our Heavenly Father loves all his children, that He is constantly reaching out to us just as the rays of the sun. He even is aware of little me and my place here in the world. I am grateful He sent His Son Jesus Christ to earth – to be born in a humble manger, teach eternal truths to all who would listen, atone for the sins of the world, and break the bands of death after being crucified for transgressions he was innocent of. I know that because of His life, my life has direction and purpose. I love these scriptures from Isaiah chapter 9:
2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
I know these words are as relevant today as when they were written centuries ago. Sometimes we can feel like our lives are in the valley of the shadow of death. But the light of our Father in Heaven and our Savior are always, yes, ALWAYS here for us. Even on a frigid day as this!
Happy New Year with Love,