Tonight was the first FHE for this Christmas season. We sang Ashley’s favorite Christmas song from primary (she requests it every time she is in charge of the song though), discussed some things we’d like to do as a family, both fun and service oriented, and we talked about what Christmas means. To finish off our evening, we watched, “Mr. Kruger’s Christmas”. It has been a favorite since we were kids, and we are so thankful that the church has out it out on DVD. We’ll probably watch it 100 more times this season, and I will cry more times than that just thinking about it..
I am so thankful for this time of the year, for the lessons I re-learn every year. I am thankful for those gentle reminders of what life is all about. I am thankful to be reminded of how personal my relationship is with my Savior. That is what this movie does for me.
While he is praying, imagining that he is right there that sacred night, Mr. Kruger says some very heartfelt things. He begins by introducing himself, but then adds quickly, “You already know that.” He talks about how Christ has always been there for him, during the darkest times, the loneliest, he hasn’t been alone. He acknowledges that the Savior has walked with him many times. Even when he didn’t like himself too much, he realized that the Savior loves him, and that is enough.
My favorite is when he says, “You are my closest, my finest friend…”
This all hits me, every time.
He knows me personally. He has always been there for me, even when I wasn’t doing everything perfectly. He has been there, walking with me during the hardest of times. His arms are around me when I feel the loneliest.
I need to know this every day, because not every day is easy. They aren’t all ever easy for all of us, we all have our rough spots. Those days when it just seems too tough, when we don’t think we can make it through, we need to realize that He is right there beside us, helping us along. We need to remember, when we feel that all have abandoned us, that He loves us. When we feel those feelings of abandonment, when thoughts arise that there is no other friend left, He is our friend.
I am making it a goal, to have Him be “my closest, my finest friend”.
This world is a cold harsh place a lot of the time. We have friends that we think are our world. Those friends come and go, but He is a constant. I want to nurture that relationship. What better gift could I ever give myself?