Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Strengthed by Scriptures

The other night I was reading scriptures, and seeking comfort as I continued to think about Scott, and why our beautiful baby was chosen to leave us so soon. Although it has been over 11weeks now, my heart still feels empty from time to time. At times I can no longer fight the emotions that come with it either. While reading late at night I came to Alma 28:12,14. In this chapter we learn about one of the battles between the Lamanites and the Nephites. Thousands of people die and lay upon the ground. Of course the families mourn for the loss of their loved ones. Then came those verses saying,

"While many thousands of others truly mourn for the loss of their kindred, yet they rejoice and exult in the hope, and even know, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are raised to dwell at the right hand of God, in a state of never ending happiness...

And thus we see the great call of diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of the Lord; and thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing- Sorrow because of death and destruction among men, and joy because of the light of Christ unto life."

This comforts me in knowing that it is normal and OK to mourn the loss of our loved ones, and times will be hard. It is also nice to know that it can also bring us peace and joy to know that our loved ones sit at the right hand of God, and because of Christ's atonement so can we. I KNOW this has to be true. Why would such a loving God give us the joy of a family if we could only enjoy them for the time here on this earth. It just doesn't make any sense to me. I once heard an anonymous quote, "Don't take away some one's hope, for it might be all that they have." Hope is so nice and such a blessing, but beyond hope, we have been given a promise by the Lord. I am so thankful I read my scriptures that night because I might not have noticed it any other time, and to me these verses give comfort.

5 comments:

monique said...

Thanks for sharing that. It is so true. I hope you and Philip are doing better everyday. It sounds like you are, even though it's still really hard. Just know I think about you and still pray for you often. Take care!

Kaylene said...

That's really awesome, I don't think I've ever seen those verses that way. What a sweet Mama you are, your kids are so blessed to have you.

Jeff, Nancy and Nathan said...

I love reading your blog it gives me so much hope. I can feel your sweet and strong spirit. I think it's ok to feel sad sometimes because we are human. I know God loves you very much and you are probably one of his favorites for having the courage to endure all of this. I love you and miss you.

susannah said...

I agree with Kaylene's comment. I have never thought of those scriptures in that way before. It's amazing how the scriptures can really be applied to our lives in so many different ways. Thanks for sharing this, I think I needed that little reminder.

The Salisbury's said...

Hi Melissa, it's me Tia Salisbury from Rexburg. I am so sorry to hear about your sweet son. Summer is so big and so adorable. I was just going through some blogs and found yours and thought I would stop in and say hi. Take care.
Love,
Tia