Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter Message

"Brothers and sisters, one of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so. His solitary journey brought great company for our little version of that path—the merciful care of our Father in Heaven, the unfailing companionship of this Beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angels in heaven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, friends. All of these and more have been given as companions for our mortal journey because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the Restoration of His gospel. Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are. Truly the Redeemer of us all said, “I will not leave you comfortless. [My Father and] I will come to you [and abide with you].”

My other plea at Easter time is that these scenes of Christ’s lonely sacrifice, laced with moments of denial and abandonment and, at least once, outright betrayal, must never be reenacted by us. He has walked alone once. Now, may I ask that never again will He have to confront sin without our aid and assistance, that never again will He find only unresponsive onlookers when He sees you and me along His Via Dolorosa in our present day. As we approach this holy week—Passover Thursday with its Paschal Lamb, atoning Friday with its cross, Resurrection Sunday with its empty tomb—may we declare ourselves to be more fully disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, not in word only and not only in the flush of comfortable times but in deed and in courage and in faith, including when the path is lonely and when our cross is difficult to bear. This Easter week and always, may we stand by Jesus Christ “at all times and in all things, and in all places that [we] may be in, even until death,” for surely that is how He stood by us when it was unto death and when He had to stand entirely and utterly alone. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen."

- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles (April General Conference 2009)


Shawie said...

How was your Easter, Alicia? I hope you & your family had a blessed one:)
it's really true..Elder Jeffrey's message is very straightforward: reminding us once again that may we carry our own cross and never again will we refuse to serve Him and neglect Him with our ignorance and being so cold in faith... knowing that His invitation is always open & realize that He had loved us first:)
by the way, thanks for the recommending me the CS Lewis book: "The Skrewtape Letters". I have 3 books of CS Lewis and I'm always enlightened by his wisdom... I'll look for that book when I visit the bookstore this weekend:)
enjoy your Spring!
God Bless you & your family:)

Alicia said...

I just have to say I love it when you visit here. I tell my husband how cute you are. You just seem so genuine and so sincere and I just appreciate that about you. Have a great day!

McCulloughFam said...

Sakes Alicia, I miss you soooo much! I went to your blog and found myself in tears because i just love you so much! I am coming to realize I'm going to have to lean on Christ some during this transition. I'm really struggling. It's better than anything, but I'm just not sure how to schedule the days and what I should be doing. Hey, I was wondering if you can let me know of that BYU stream that has the talks again? Thanks and I miss and love you!

Alicia said...

Oh Vanessa, I know it's hard sometimes. Sometimes it is SO hard and it's ok to cry and then cry some more. It's ok to fall to your knees and feel you don't have anything left long as we always fall back on our Savior. He has asked us to fall on Him to place our every burden on Him. It helps me to know the Lord is ALWAYS there, always helping, always sending little miracles, always answering, He is so increadibly faithful... and I'm sure He is closer at the times we feel the most alone. It helps me to know He sees my heart, and my effort and He is so, so patient. There are so many tender mercies. About the speeches website... it is try this one... it's really good It's by Elder Holland called, "For Times of Trouble". AWESOME talk, you will love it. Sometimes, listening to these talks are the only thing I can find comfort in to get me through the hard days. They are wonderful for the good days too, though. I wish we were neighbors again and I could just walk down the street and give you a hug!!!