Sunday, June 6, 2010

GRIEF

"Mortality's supreme test is to face the 'why' and then let it go, trusting humbly in the Lord's promise that 'all things must come to pass in their time.'"

"Grief is the natural by-product of love. One cannot selflessly love another person and not grieve at his suffering or eventual death.  The only way to avoid the grief would be to not experience the love; and it is love that gives life its richness and meaning.  Hence, what a grieving parent can expect to receive from the Lord in response to earnest supplication may not necessarily be an elimination of grief so much as a sweet reassurance that, whatever his or her circumstances, one's child is in the tender care of a loving Heavenly Father."

"When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o'er flow,
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, 
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design...
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine...
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, no never forsake!"
("How Firm A Foundation" Hymns, no.85)

To read more of Elder Wickman's talk, go HERE

6 comments:

April said...

Oh so beautifully said- when you love deeply, you grieve deeply- and that is how it should be...May you feel the love the Lord has for you and your dear Ben.

LL said...

selflessly love! that descibes you perfectly.
How Firm a Foundation is one of my favorite songs!

Rachael said...

Beautiful. I know without a doubt that your sweet boy is in the tender care of a loving Heavenly Father. And so are you.

shirlgirl said...

A beautiful picture of mother and son, and a beautiful post. The hymn is also a beautiful one.

Adam and Anya said...

Thinking about you each day... I loved your last two posts of laughing and hard work too!

How Firm a Foundation...I love this one too. "I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand. Uphelp by my righteous omnipotent hand."

Sweet Ben...I've truly been inspired reading about his life. I so wish to meet him someday.

Mom said...

You are exactly right. Those who serve and love the most, will grieve the most.