Eleven days until Christmas. Can you feel the excitement in the air? I can. As a child, I believed that due to the gift-opening of Christmas morning. As I grew older, my anticipation stemmed from my hope that those who I bought or made presents for would like them.
My anticipation has evolved again. Now I wonder (and hope) that the Savior will be pleased with my goal this year. Will my puny efforts earn His approbation? Will He find merit in The Gratitude Project? I hope so.
I doubt, though, that He will find merit in some of my actions and words, those that are unkind, selfish, immature. Will He, can He, still love me, despite my many failings and weaknesses and sins?
Has He been hurt by those same failings and weaknesses and sins?
That dichotomy, His simultaneous ability to love me and to be hurt by me, never ceases to amaze me. A childhood favorite hymn contains the words "I stand all amazed by the love Jesus offers me ..." I continue to stand "all amazed."
So, for today, I am grateful for the Savior's infinite capacity to love.