Monday, January 19, 2015

My Favorite Alphabet Letter
Sister Christine Masters, Full Time Missionary
The Church of Jesus Christ of  Latter Day Saints

As a retired kindergarten and first grade teacher, I have focused on the letters of the alphabet perhaps much more than the average person.  One of the results of this focus is realizing that my favorite alphabet letter is the letter “D”.

The letter “D” calls me to make significant character choices – choices that will define the honor, worth, and legacy of my life.

Will I work to my full capacity for a life of devotion, determination, and discipline?
Or will I choose a life of despair, discouragement, and despondency?

While our society is enjoying a high level of material abundance, nevertheless a high level of spiritual depravity also abounds.  The absence of faith in and devotion to Our Father, Our Creator, and the Source of Our Everlasting Happiness has resulted, in many instances, in religious skepticism and accompanying societal moral decline.

Our Gracious Father in Heaven is always extending His arm of justice, mercy, love, and encouragement toward us, His children. Father in Heaven is our rock, our beacon, our comfort, our inspiration, and our hope.

The English priest and poet, John Donne, testifies of Our Father’s desire to bless us at all times, but especially during the times of our greatest need. “We ask our daily bread, and God never says, ‘You should have come yesterday.’…No, He says ‘Today if you will hear my voice, today I will hear yours.’…If thou hast been benighted till now, wintered and frozen, clouded and eclipsed, damp and benumbed, smothered and stupefied till now, God yet comes to thee, not as in the dawning of the day,…but as the sun at full noon, to banish all shadows.”

Sin creates a disharmony and alienation from God.  For an uplifting, hopeful spirit, we must express a sincere sorrow for our transgressions and faults with a firm resolve to improve.  Imperfect though we are, Our Father is always present to forgive us and spiritually heal us.

We claim the blessed assurance that God will heal our sorrow, wipe away our tears, and comfort our broken hearts.  “…Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” 
1 Corinthians 2:9  KJV

Hour by hour and minute by minute, let us recall the blessings in our life, remember our past victories, and with faith and hope be assured of even greater future blessings reserved for us from the hand of the Almighty.

Upper Country News-Reporter  Cambridge, Idaho  January 2015

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