Exactly one year ago today, a giant storm with hurricane force winds struck my home in Northern Utah. Within minutes, a beautiful evergreen tree that had stood for over four decades in my front yard was uprooted, and toppled into the street. I wept to lose our gentle giant, but thanked God for sparing our home and allowing the wind to push the tree into the street instead of into our living room!
After Withstanding The [Mighty] Wind, and assessing the mighty damage to our property and neighborhood, the mighty miracles began. People rallied together like never before, and the spirit of human kindness knew no bounds! Neighbors didn’t wait for the city workers or national guard to arrive, they simply came out en mass and started cleaning, repairing, chopping, hauling, hugging and helping. Forty-eight days later all of the churches and congregations up and down the Wasatch Front suspended their worship services and declared a Sabbath of Service. We forewent our suits and skirts for our blue jeans and flannel shirts. We rolled up our sleeves and poured out our hearts in ‘community communion’. We were reminded that perhaps the holiest form of worship of all is an offering of selfless, Christ-like love.
This year, the skies are clear and the wind is still. The final remains of our big old tree – the 6 foot wide stump and its giant unearthed root ball – have finally been removed and cleared away from our front yard thanks to yet another selfless service performed by our local LDS Boy Scouts and their valiant leaders!
Last year’s storm, and it’s aftermath, has become just another dramatic moment in Utah history. But, for me and my family, the first day of December will always hold some extra significance. Today not only marks the first day of “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year“, but also the first day of The Season of Service.
May this year’s Season of Service be especially merry and bright as we each seek ways to honor the Great Creator of Earth and Sky, He who became the Babe of Bethlehem. – MoSop
“He who gives money gives some, he who gives time gives more, and he who gives of himself gives all.” – Thomas S. Monson