Wednesday, January 16, 2019

D&C 88:11-13 -- On Light and Belonging

"And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings;
Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space—
The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things."
Doctrine and Covenants 88:11-13

In the verses before this it explains that the light we are talking about is the light of Christ, and also that it is in the sun, moon, stars, and the earth, and is the power by which they were made.  Here, we learn that the same light helps us to see and understand, and that it is in everything, and is also in some way law and power.  I think I catch an edge of meaning there, because if everything is connected in some way, then law and power have to use whatever that is.  ... I have no idea if it is the spiritual way of talking about quantum entanglement or if it is something else entirely, but it is interesting to think about, and really the fundamental idea that everything is connected, that we are all connected, is something that God has been trying to get across to us in many different ways for a long time.  It could be connected to the gospel idea of restoration (what we might call karma)--of getting back whatever we put out there, and of being rewarded in the same way that we treat other people.

Today, let's think about what it really means that we are all connected by the light of Christ and are part of each other on a basic level, and also connected to and empowered by God.  It's really the same idea as building a Zion community, just maybe a little deeper than we usually think of it.  In order for the whole to thrive, we need to lift each other, and help each other succeed.  Helping other people *is* helping ourselves, because we are part of the same life, and on some level literally part of God.  Let's feel that connection today, and treat others as though they belonged and were part of us... as they literally do and are. :)

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