Tuesday’s Torch 511
November 20, 2018
Last week we discussed seeking answers and help through prayer. This week I would like to discuss just a little bit the grace and mercy found through Jesus the Christ. Namely, His promises to comfort us and redeem us. There are many of us who are mourning. We mourn over the loss of loved ones, broken and damaged relationships, regret over past mistakes, health concerns and many other things.
There are many sources for healing and to make necessary changes. The greatest of these blessings is to know that we have help available through our Heavenly Father and that thanks to the Atonement, we can turn to the Savior for healing and comfort, because He has felt our pain and knows our grief.
In the Sermon on the Mount the Savior states that, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” How do we receive that blessing? Is it truly offered to us all? Yes! It absolutely is.
How do we seek this comfort? The following verses tell us, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
We ask for the help that we need. We seek the answers through prayer, study, pondering and by living our best lives so that the spirit can be our constant companion to help us through the trials of life.
We also get help through professional means when we need it. There are many sources available to help us. It is no secret that I’ve been receiving help with addiction recovery. I have received help through secular sources such as books and workbooks and therapy. I have also received lots of spiritual guidance. This is where we truly learn that we are fighting a battle against a very real adversary but that we are not alone, that we have supernatural help available as well. And no, Sam and Dean aren’t gonna come swooping in to help us get rid of some monster from mythology that plagues our town. Sorry to disappoint.
The secular sources have helped me identify what was going wrong and the inner workings of the brain. However, the hope that comes from repentance and forgiveness and that things done in the past don’t have to control me in the future? Much of that hope comes by way of the Atonement. That hope is available to all who believe.
Now, changing direction, For those dealing with mourning due to loss of loved ones, pain of loneliness. We also know that thanks to the Atonement we will see our loved ones again. That for every unfairness of this life when our loved ones are taken away “too soon” we have a promise of eternal life. And though this life can be so full of sadness especially due to death. This lifetime is but a brief moment when compared to the blessings waiting in eternity.
That isn’t to say we just have to suffer through life until the hereafter when we can be with them again. Joy is still possible throughout this journey of life.
So what do we do to receive this? How do we deal with all of the mourning and the loss and the mistakes of our past. We can look to these verses from Titus chapter 2:
“11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity,”
Joy comes from knowing that we are redeemed. We do all that we can to live a righteous life, and His grace makes up the difference. Not only can we do better than we have done in the past, but we truly can overcome it all. We can receive the help we need. Healing is possible. We can be comforted. We can look forward to a brightness of Hope because Christ has truly overcome the world. And He did it for each of us.
My prayer is that we turn to Him for the help that no other source can provide, for the hope that rests in Him alone. Seek him, ask of him, knock and allow him to open the door to the bounteous blessings that He stands waiting to provide. I also pray that we all are able to acknowledge the blessings that we do already have and be thankful for them during this holiday season!
I will close with the verse I started with, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” I know this is true. And I leave this message with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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