Sunday, September 27, 2015
Faith & Hope
I heard a talk last night from Dieter F. Uchtdorf he told a parable about faith. I could relate to this talk on a few different levels. It's a simple story with so much meaning about an 11 year old girl that goes to spend the summer with an elderly aunt whom she has never met while her mother has and recovers from a surgery. The girl sees and is eventually drawn to the happy countenance of her aunt and before going home at the end of the summer asks aunt her how she can be so happy even though her life is less than perfect. Her aunt replies.
" "It's Not Fair" was the song I sang over and over in my head...Eventually I discovered something that turned my whole life around...Faith...I discovered Faith and Faith led to Hope and Faith and Hope gave me confidence that one day everything would make sense. That because of the savior all the wrongs would be made right."
This really spoke to me. For the past while I have been trying to increase my Faith. Some days when I'm down and suffering from depression/anxiety I try to "keep the faith" and it does give me hope. It doesn't magically make everything all better but it keeps me going. I know that I just need to make it through one day at a time and have hope for a better tomorrow. Slowly...Slowly over time the good days last longer then the sad ones. The quote from the talk that I put on the pic above "I could have a little faith. Put on a bright dress, slip on my dancing shoes and skip down the path of life singing as I went" Sometimes figuratively, sometimes literally I put on a bright dress or sing to my favorite songs and it can make a sad day a little brighter for me, even for just a little while.
"No matter what happened in the past, my story could have a happy ending"
I have learned that the atonement can heal our sorrows. Actually I am continuing to learn this concept. It's a matter of giving letting go of past hurts and sorrows and Allowing ourselves to be healed. For me this is easier said then done. But as I have been trying to apply this in my life I am lightened by the heavy load that hurt and sorrow bring. Not to say I have mastered this in any way but I keep trying. I keep having Faith and Hope. I hope to someday have the happy countenance of Aunt Rose described in story.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
One last quote from the beginning of the talk: "I invite you to listen with the spirit. That the Holy Ghost will help you to find the message for You in the parable"