At Christmas, we all hear that it is better to give than receive, and so we look for ways to give. We strain our budgets to give to our children family and friends, sometimes with gifts that we know will be little used and not long remembered. We want to give, so we do it anyway, because it’s traditional and because we want to honor the savior and the greatest gift of all. It is right that we should do this, especially if we find meaningful ways to give to those who are truly in need.
But sometimes we need to be reminded how to receive as well. This Christmas has been one of learning to receive for me and for my family, because my wife has had to undergo surgery and, though she is recovering well, she is unable to move much and so, as members of our church do, our ward members have given us many good meals and visits and wonderful wishes and prayers. It requires some humility to receive rather than give. I think most of us are much more comfortable being the giver than the receiver, but it is good for us to be reminded that we are all recipients of the freely given gifts of God, our Heavenly Father, who gave us his son, not because we earned it or deserved it, but simply because he loves us. I have felt that love this Christmas and I wish that feeling for all of you on this holy Christmas eve. Merry Christmas.