01 October 2013

Psalms 27 & Elda D. Update

My handsome baby brother (not such a baby anymore) finally was able to send us some pictures yesterday in his email!  I could barely hold it together down in my office at the housing complex we manage.  It was the picture of him teaching an investigator that did me in. Bring on the waterworks!  I'm so proud of him, and I feel so strongly everyday how his service affects our whole family!  I felt the same way when Todd, my brother, served his mission.  I'm so grateful for their examples and all that they sacrificed to serve the Lord for 2 whole years! 

I didn't get a chance yesterday to post about what I've been learning about the Savior, so here goes...

I've been reading/studying/thinking about Psalms 27 for the past week.  Let me tell ya, it's a really beautiful passage.  I've come to really love the Psalms.  There's a book by Jeffrey R. Holland called, "In Times of Trouble" that I can't wait to read (hint hint hubby: 1st year anniversary on the horizon), and in it he explores the Psalms...he teaches how in this lifetime troubling times DO come, but they are for our growth.  He assures us that we can do anything with the Lord by our side.  

Psalms 27 starts and ends with two verses that have stood out to me all week: 

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalms 27:1)

"Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." (Psalms 27:14) 

A few days ago a sweet girl in my ward, my age, who was also pregnant expecting her first baby, had her baby girl at only 24 weeks old.  That beautiful little girl came into the world at 1 lb and 6 oz.  Yesterday, she passed away with her parents by her side.  In church on Sunday, we were asked to come together as a ward family to fast and pray on behalf of the family.  Blank notes were passed around in Sunday school for us to write our condolences and any uplifting thoughts.  I held onto that note for the whole Sunday school meeting, not knowing what I could possibly say to this family who must be going through such a tender and trying time.  I finally thought of what I'd been reading in Psalms, and wrote down those two verses.  I bore testimony that Heavenly Father loved them and their baby girl unconditionally...I bore testimony that the Savior knows the pain they are suffering and is there to wrap His arms around them.  In that moment, I was overwhelmed with a reassurance that those things are true.  There is a Savior who loves us unconditionally and who has been where we have been.  He knows the pain and sorrow we suffer through because of trials sent our way.

I love my Savior! He lives! He loves you! I don't just believe it...I know it.

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