Monday, October 20, 2008

2 Nephi 7:1

"Yea, for thus saith the Lord: Have I put thee away, or have I cast thee off forever? For thus saith the Lord: Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement? To whom have I put thee away, or to which of my creditors have I sold you? Yea, to whom have I sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away."
2 Nephi 7:1

This is a very cool, very telling scripture. I think sometimes when things go wrong, or when we're struggling, we wonder if it is too late.  Maybe we made a bad choice when we were young, and now it's too late... we can never go back.  Never "fix" things... that God has given up on us, and that's it.
Here, God questions that assumption.  He asks whether he has cast us off... he has gotten rid of us.  And the answer is NO.  He hasn't cast us off or told us to go away... ever.  He hasn't given up on us.  He never will.  The truth is that the gulf that we feel... the God-shaped hole within us is something that we have created.  We walked away... and we can walk back.  It isn't always easy to walk back.  Takes humility.  Takes some sore repentance sometimes... but the *first* step is easy.  We need to get down on our knees and talk to our Father.  He loves us more than we can comprehend.  He understands perfectly what we're going through.  He *is* listening. ... So, no matter where we are today, near or far, let's start walking closer to him.  Lessen the distance... because he hasn't moved.  We have.

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