Years ago Handel composed his masterpiece in choir repertoire—the unparalleled Messiah. This composition was not just the product of a gifted man. Flowing from the lyrics are the clear markings of divine intervention. The heavenly voiceprint is unmistakable. For twenty-four days Handel remained a spiritual recluse in his room as he fashioned line after line of music seemingly fit for heavenly choirs. At one point, after having scored the Hallelujah Chorus, he called to his servant and exclaimed, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself.” Following one of the performances, a friend remarked that he had been entertained. Handel replied, “I should be sorry if I only entertained them. I wish to make them better. Likewise, the Savior is anxious that the atonement make us better. He must be gravely disappointed if people merely acknowledge his Atonement as magnificent sacrifice to be viewed in awe, but with no thought of change (Tad R. Callister).
There are many ways to draw close to the spirit of Christ during the Christmas season. Probably, most of these involve small acts of kindness and service. This makes sense because as we remember the Savior’s life of service, we want to be like him. These acts of service can also be recognized as love. President Uchtdorf said that “Christmas reminds us that we, like the wise men of old, should lay before him the most precious of gifts. We should offer him our love.”
The following verse is from a song written by Gustav Holst:
What can I give him, Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man, I would do my part;
Yet what can I give Him, Give Him my heart.