Thursday, October 27, 2011

7n>∞ (where n=never)

I've had my troubles in life and still do. One of them is Math- so I think I got that equation right. Much more importantly I've had to learn and practice painful repentance because of problems I have brought on myself. The one thing I have learned above all else is that the Lord loves me and always will. I am nothing without His Grace.

This came to me a few years back with I was overcoming some challenges by my hard work mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. And absolutely none of it would have worked without the Grace of God.

As an evidence of that Grace, I was driving in my car one evening at sunset during this difficult time and someone had left in a compact disk of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the CD player. That wasn't a common occurrence, that is, the Tabernacle Choir as the choice of someone who had been driving that car - probably it was my wife who claims not to be a very spiritual person, but she always seems to be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.

The music that came on was the hymn, "How Firm A Foundation." In the LDS hymnbook it has seven verses. When the Tabernacle Choir performs it, they sing verses one through three and then skip to verse seven. That is clearly intentional on someone's part. It was the seventh verse that got me:

The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, I’ll never, no never,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!

I realized it didn't matter how lost I was. My choice was to face and take up my burdens and place them on the Lord. I testify that He never, never, never, never, never, never, never forsakes.

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