There was a certain man of God who used to stay in a small village now and then. I suppose everyone needs a break, and he chose to have it in a remote area . . . getting away from it all and staying with a local shepherd when he did. The shepherd's work oftimes took him out for long days and nights on the hillsides near his croft. The clergyman noticed that every morning, the shepherd would slip out of the house at a particular time, and so one day curiosity got the better of him and he asked why this was so.
"I go out to stand on hillside and take off my cap to thank God for all the beauty of this world." was the shepherd's response.
I, myself . . . have seen many beautiful places in my lifetime . . . and wonderful creations. Everywhere I go I see God's handiwork around me. It boggles my mind when I think that there are people who question His very existence . . . can they not see . . .
The miracle each sweet petal holds . . .
The magic held in morning dew . . .
The comfort found in the sound of laundry drying in the wind . . .
The hum of the bee as it goes about it's labour, tiny wings buzzing from flower, to flower . . . to flower . . . that it flies at all is a miracle in engineering . . .
Sunrise . . .
Sunset . . .
A thousand little miracles carried on a breeze . . .
Or held at the rainbow's end . . .
The beauty in a leaf that falls . . .
The flutter of wing . . . and the sweetness of song . . .
Snowflakes that fall on your nose and eyelashes . . .
The miracle of beginning . . .
The tenderness of ending . . .
Hellos . . .
Goodbyes . . .
And all of the miracles in between . . .
We are not here by accident . . .
There is a purpose and meaning in all things . . .
"All men should strive to learn before they die . . . what they are running from, and to . . . and why."
BOOK OF MORMON CORNER
Today's Reading - Mosiah 16:1-15
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? What do these verses teach about agency and the justice of God?
Thoughts - I always love it when Jesus is called 'the light'. It represents never being lost, or having to feel afraid and overcome by darkness. I especially like in these verses that it says 'a light that is endless'. To me this means there is a never ending abundance of hope & truth & help available to me and you through Him.
If I understand verses 1, 2 and 3 correctly at some point EVERY single person will see Jesus Christ as the Redeemer, as their Saviour. They will know it. They will confess it. But yet some people will still chose to not listen to Him. Not have Him as their God because their natures have changed to desire sin more than being reunited with God. This makes sense when you think about the millennium. How satan will be bound not by Jesus Christ, but by us. I think his counterfeits will look pathetic to us when we have Jesus Christ reigning. But we also know that at the end of a thousand years satan is loosed, which sadly means that some people will eventually allow him to rule over them once more 😧. In my head the justice of God allows agency to the max, because, in the end people get the desires of their heart. And thankfully Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know what that truly is. Their judgements come from a place of love that I don't think we will ever experience with any other person on the earth.
Tomorrows Reading (Day 116) - Mosiah 17:1-20
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? What character strengths and weaknesses do you see here?
Happy Birthday today to the little miracle that turned me into a Grandmother 12 whole years ago! Yep, Gabriel is 12 today. I can't believe it! Love this sweet young man so very much! Gabriel, I hope that you have a day that is filled with fun, and love and lots of magic! LOVE YOU!
In The English Kitchen today . . . Skinny Mac & Cheese. This is not only the best macaroni and cheese I have ever made, but also lower in fat, higher in fibre and very, very delicious! If you thought mac and cheese was off your menu forever, think again!
Have a beautiful day all . . . remember this day will never come again. Make the most of it. Don't forget!
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And I do too!