Thursday, May 17, 2012

Doctrine & Covenants 42:48-52

"And again, it shall come to pass that he that hath faith in me to be healed, and is not appointed unto death, shall be healed.
He who hath faith to see shall see.
He who hath faith to hear shall hear.
The lame who hath faith to leap shall leap.
And they who have not faith to do these things, but believe in me, have power to become my sons; and inasmuch as they break not my laws thou shalt bear their infirmities."
Doctrine & Covenants 42:48-52

We sometimes forget about, or stop believing in miracles I think.  We remember Christ walking on the water, or healing the man born blind, and we think that is totally cool, but we don't even imagine those things happening to us.  It's like Miracle on 34th street, but with God instead of Santa.  We're cynical.  We kind of believe in the power of prayer because it has helped us find something we lost... but we don't see the truth behind all of it.  And the truth is, we can be healed.  We can overcome whatever it is that we're struggling with, no matter how unlikely it seems.  But we have to learn to know and trust God, and let go of our cynicism, and really believe in God's power to completely overhaul our lives, and that he will do it for us.  Fortunately for all of us who aren't there yet, God also helps us bear our infirmities, even if we don't have the faith yet to be freed from them.
I know it is hard to believe, and easy to say, well, God might do that for Christ or a prophet, but why would he do it for me?  It is easy to dismiss all of it as a fable.  But God isn't going to disappear if we don't believe in him.  He'll still be there, waiting for us to take him up on his offer to heal us, to help us, and to make us whole.  It's not an intellectual triumph to dismiss God from our lives, or imagine that his power is limited to helping us find our keys.  It's a tragedy.  He is the one, often the only one, who can help us make the giant, lasting changes in our lives that we so often need.  He is the one who can save us from the impossible burden, who can heal us internally and externally.  The one who can help us find happiness in the midst of the chaos of life.  Whatever you need, God can do it.  Let's talk to him today about it, and work something out.

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