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3 Takeaways from the Christmas Story

By Mormon.org
Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem

The birth of Jesus Christ was surrounded by miracles. Each Christmas season people around the world rediscover the gifts and wonders that heralded His birth 2,000 years ago. Here are three takeaways from the story of Christ’s birth that can influence your life today.

With God Nothing Is Impossible

When the angel Gabriel came to Mary, he told her that she would be the mother of the Son of God. Not yet married, she was troubled and asked the heavenly messenger, “How shall this be?” He explained, “With God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:34, 37).

When faced with life’s problems, remember there’s a God in heaven who can do anything. He will not likely take away life’s storms, but in time He will provide a way for you to find peace and happiness. What seems impossible today can teach faith and open up a thousand possibilities tomorrow. 

No Room in the Inn

Imagine what Mary experienced before Jesus was born. Late in her pregnancy, she traveled with her husband to a distant city to obey the decree of a far-reaching government. She trekked on foot or on a donkey’s back from Nazareth to Bethlehem, a distance of 70 miles (about 112 kilometers). When they arrived, they couldn’t find a decent place to stay.

The challenges Mary went through had to have been incredibly difficult. She was about to give birth to the promised Messiah. Certainly, she was entitled to rest, comfort, and security, yet she endured hardship, and her newborn son was laid in manger—a trough where animals eat—instead of a soft bed in a cozy inn.

Life presents challenges. It won’t always give you what you want or what you feel you deserve. If you ever feel oppressed or forsaken, remember that the Son of God was no different. The circumstances of His birth teach us that life is not easy, but even in the hardest of times, know that God is with you and will help you on your way. 

The Christmas Star

Finally, think of the star that guided the Wise Men to the Christ child. The travelers had to look up to see the star. They had to trust heavenly guidance to lead them to the newborn King.

Wherever life takes you, remember to look heavenward for guidance. The Spirit can lead you to the Savior, just like the Wise Men were led to Him by the shining star.  

Bonus: Watch this video to renew your hope in the miracles of Christmas.

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