July 27, 2020 - Reach out

Whatever your struggle, my brothers and sisters—mental or emotional or physical or otherwise—do not vote against the preciousness of life by ending it! Trust in God. Hold on in His love. Know that one day the dawn will break brightly and all shadows of mortality will flee. Though we may feel we are “like a broken vessel,” as the Psalmist says, we must remember, that vessel is in the hands of the divine potter. Broken minds can be healed just the way broken bones and broken hearts are healed.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "Like a Broken Vessel", General Conference, October 2013

Every single child of God is dealing with something. Many deal with several somethings. Nobody is exempt from the weaknesses, the foibles, the imperfections of mortal life. They can and will affect us physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually, sometimes in all aspects of life at once.

Sometimes it's difficult to see the light through the darkness. I guarantee that it is there. Just as the sun shines it's light even though we may be the midst of a storm and all we see are clouds.

The source of divine light is Christ. His light is always shining but our pride prevents us from seeing it at times. All we have to do is look towards Him. But because of the simpleness of the way, we don't always do that. Therefore, we are obliged to traverse these storms alone. Even though He stands at the ready....waiting. His arm is extended. All we have to do is grab it.

I'm not saying that if we do look, or reach out for His arm, that we will be free from the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual storms that we pass though. But...we will see His light that shines through any darkness. We will have His support and strength to keep walking, metaphorically, when it is so difficult to put one foot in front of the other. Our pain, our anguish, our burdens will be lessened because He will carry most of the load. He can handle it. Let Him.

His strength, His power is greater than anything that can be thrown at us, even the very jaws of hell. So, why not ask Him for that support? Why not reach out and grab His arm?

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