Sunday Musings

This photo was taken in City Creek Canyon.  The stream is in the background and the leaves have turned a stunning lemon-lime, chartreuse color.  The stream was quietly trickling on its own path as we stopped for a few moments to devour the moments of peace which became intensely profound as we lingered.

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#124 Be Still, My Soul

Lyrics:

1. Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In ev’ry change he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2. Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as he has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

3. Be still, my soul: The hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Text: Katharina von Schlegel, b. 1697;
trans. by Jane Borthwick, 1813-1897

As I reflect on the Sabbath Day my thoughts definitely turn to a greater power than myself.

I love to see God’s handiwork in nature.  We live in such a wonderful state with beauty engulfing our being.

I love my family and spending time with them.

Today, I learned that a fellow scrapbooker lost her husband after a  17 month battle with cancer.

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Below are a few words from her blog, Teresa Collins

“…..It is with the saddest of hearts that I write this. Last night, November 15th at 8:34 pm my best friend, my husband peacefully passed away after a valiant seventeen month battle with cancer. He fought to the end and did not want to leave me and our kids. He awoke yesterday morning and told me that he was dying today. I knew that he was going home. We were alone and I knew he had accepted God’s will. Our family surrounded him all day and as many of us that could were there to send him HOME. Right now, my heart is broken to say goodbye….”

I am in awe of her tremendous strength and unmovable faith.  I love her willingness to share her emotions and love for her family and the atonement of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  She is an amazing example to all of us.  I pray that Teresa might feel the peace of comfort from those around her and the love of her faith which is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Death is not the end. Death is really a beginning—another step forward in Heavenly Father’s plan for His children. Someday, like everyone else, your physical body will die. But your spirit does not die, it goes to the spirit world, where you will continue to learn and progress and may be with loved ones who have passed on.

Death is a necessary step in your progression, just as your birth was. Sometime after your death, your spirit and your body will be reunited—never to be separated again. This is called resurrection, and it was made possible by the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-22).”

More can be found at Mormon Beliefs:

“….Family relationships can last forever—not just for this life.

Just as some of life’s sweetest joys can come through family associations, the loss of a beloved family member can be a source of our deepest sorrows.

Jesus Christ gave power to His disciples to seal families together forever when He said, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19).

Death does not need to be the end of our relationships with cherished loved ones. The Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that the “same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:2).

Family members who accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow His example can be together forever through sacred ordinances performed in God’s holy temples. These ordinances seal a husband and wife together for all eternity and children to their parents as an eternal family. (See: “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”)…”

I pray that all of us may have a peaceful and still soul and enjoy the everyday miracles that surround us constantly.

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