Friday, September 13, 2013

2 Nephi 9:20-21

"O how great the holiness of our God! For he knoweth call things, and there is not anything save he knows it.
And he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice; for behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam."
2 Nephi 9:20-21

 I never really connected these two verses in my mind before today.   I had them as two separate things in my mind... God knows everything, and he suffered for us.  Today, though, as I read these verses, it strikes me how closely related these two things are.  Someone who knows us so thoroughly ... knowing EVERYTHING.  Our hidden selves that we never share with anyone.  What we're most ashamed of in our lives... the glorious triumphs of our lives that maybe no one else would even care about, but which were immeasurably important to us, because of what we learned or chose or became because of those moments.  First of all, even if he wasn't the creator of everything and our Father to boot... when anyone knows anyone else *that* well, how could there not be love there?  He knows us better than we know ourselves.  And then... the intimate and complete knowledge of our pains.  The guilt, the sorrow, the frustration... the pain of not living up to who we want to be, the pain of loss, the pain of absence that feels like a hole in your soul... and he knows it all, about everyone.  And not only does he know it--he chooses to take it on himself, and save us from suffering it, if we only repent.
I think most of our lives we consciously or unconsciously yearn for someone who knows us... who loves us anyway.  And here is God, all along. :)  Knowing us better than parent or spouse or friend, and able to save us from ourselves.  Loving us even though he knows us to the core.
Today, let's hearken to his voice.  Let's talk to him, and accept his friendship and love in our lives.  Let's take the leap and love him back. :)

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