I am sitting here by my Christmas tree, the family just left, and my parents are in the kitchen talking to the missionaries. As I sit here and reflect, I can't help but be so humbled and so grateful for the wonderful year that I have been blessed with. It has been amazing.
At this time last year there was a tenseness in the air at our home as we were anxious and nervous about David's deteriorating health. We did our best to celebrate the Christmas season as normally as possible, but there was some worry and a lot of added prayer.
Two days after Christmas, we were on our way to Utah as we headed to see David in the hospital. I am so glad that my parents followed the prompting that we all had, that we needed to see David. A week later, on New Years Eve he would be put on life support. We had to watch David and his wonderful wife make a decision: Either David had 2-4 hours to live, or he had to be intubated, and fast.
Intubated he was.
And from there on out we have seen nothing but miracles. While there have been many many setbacks, and lots of stressful days, and tearful, sleepless nights, we have been so blessed. He has defied all odds multiple times, he survived a double lung transplant, and today he is stronger than I ever remember seeing him be. This year, our family has been so encompassed by our perfect Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His infinite love.
Through this experience and the many experiences we have had over the last year, I have come to realize on a more personal basis how perfect our Savior is. How much He truly does love us and care for us. And how He is in total control over every situation we find ourselves in.
Everything happens for a reason.
I don't know if I have ever realized the complete meaning of that statement until this year. Everything that happens, no matter what it is, happens for a reason. We are so blessed to be able to feel the Lord so close and to know firsthand that He is indeed a God of Miracles.
David being here is a miracle.
I have made changes in my life that have come because of that miracle.
Most of which no one but me will ever know about.
But miracles are real.
One of the greatest miracles we have witnessed and continue to see evidences of every day is the miraculous birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Think about it.
It is a miracle that forever changed the world.
And throughout the few decades following His birth, He performed countless miracles, which have been documented so well in the Bible.
The blind saw.
The lame walked.
The deaf could once again hear.
The dead rose again.
And then, another perfect miracle:
The Savior's Atonement.
Because of Him we can live again.
Because of Him we can be perfect one day.
Because of Him we can be better TODAY.
Becuase of Him we can be at peace and perfectly happy.
Because of Him, families are forever, and all He asks of us is to do our best.
It starts in Luke 2.
With His birth, in a lowly stable, because there was no room for Him in the inn.
People were too busy and too crowded and too distracted to give the Savior a place in their home.
I hope that never happens to us.
We can let Him in every single day.
Just like we read in the New Testament,
wise men sought Him then, and wise men and women still seek Him today.
What a great time of year.
What a great knowledge we have.