Thursday, October 15, 2009

Doctrine and Covenants 24:8

"Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many; but endure them, for, lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days."
Doctrine and Covenants 24:8

This is cool. I mean, it seems a little scary at first... God saying straight out... you're going to have many afflictions. And patience has never been my strong suit. ... But really, it is cool. God is asking us to have patience and endure, and telling us that we are going to be loaded down with afflictions... but he is ALSO saying that he will stick with us through it all, even to the very end. And that part makes all the difference. God loves us. In order to get back to him, we have to learn this stuff. Some of it is heart-breaking, and some of it is just so incredibly frustrating when we don't learn as fast as we would like to, or when other people are involved and they are stubborn and won't do everything we want (ha ha)... there are so many lessons to take in and so much self-modification involved in learning to be more like God and trying to walk the way he asks us to... but he is willing to be there for all of it, and help us, because he wants us back with him... he wants us to succeed, and to master all the lessons, and to be so much better and stronger and more pure than we are. I think it is easier to face anything with a friend beside you... and God, here, commits to be there through it all. Makes everything that much easier. Whatever we're facing today, let's remember that God is with us, and remember to talk to him about it, and get his help and his comfort in facing whatever the day brings us.

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