Sunday, October 12, 2008

3 Nephi 12:6 -- On Spiritual Nourishment

"And blessed are all they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost."
3 Nephi 12:6

We've heard this before... but today the "hungering and thirsting after righteousness" thing got me thinking.  Hunger and thirst are spurred by physical requirements, and I think that this is the same sort of *need* ... just a spiritual one.  I think that we all have that internal need, and need that empty placed filled.  And perhaps we don't realize what it is or what will fill it at first.  Maybe we have to realize what that need IS... not a matter of ignoring it or dampening it, but recognizing what it is, and what it isn't.  That hunger, that thirst... we throw things at that void trying to stay sane, trying to fill it with whatever we can think of, but really in the end what we find is that it is a need for God, and we can only fill it the way described in this scripture. ... That is the only thing that will make us whole.  So, today, perhaps we should try to fill the void a different way.  Search the scriptures.  Pray. ... And yeah, perhaps that sounds like an easy answer... but believe me, getting the spirit and keeping it is not always easy.  We have to go back out into the world sometimes, and it is too easy to get annoyed with someone or think an unkind thought, or anything.  The reward... that feeling of wholeness and oneness with God... is worth every effort, but that spiritual need is something we have to remember all the time so that we don't get spiritually sick and malnourished.

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