All Is Well
Julie Conway Sword of Gainesville, FL, USA
Collectively and individually, you are loved with an everlasting love that delights in each faithful step taken. God yearns to draw you close so that wounds may be healed, emptiness filled, and hope strengthened. Do not turn away in pride, fear, or guilt from the One who seeks only the best for you and your loved ones. Come before your Eternal Creator with open minds and hearts and discover the blessings of the gospel anew. Be vulnerable to divine grace. -Doctrine and Covenants 163:10
Every recovery day following my January surgery, as I looked to God for healing from discomfort and pain, the Spirit said to me, “All is well.” It didn’t feel to me like that was the case, but I believed that the Lord was in charge, letting me know that not only was He at work in my life; but, that in time, I would be “all well.” It was a time of “healing trust” for me.
It reminded me of the brother of Jared, Ether 1:66 (Book of Mormon), when he prayed affirmatively, “And I know, O Lord, that thou hast all power and can do whatever thou wilt for the benefit of man; therefore, touch these stones…and prepare them, that they may shine forth in darkness…in the vessels which we have prepared, that we may have light in our vessels to cross the sea.” For me I was crossing the sea of becoming whole again.
“Touch our lives, Lord.” How often do we need a “light in our vessels” for the step ahead. All can appear dark, confusing, blinding to us, until we read,
“And the light which now shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlightenenth your eyes, which is the same light which quickenth your understandings…” (Doctrine and Covenants 85:3a).
Many near and far were also praying for my healing, calling me, dropping off food, sending cards until there came a day of certain knowledge: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…He restoreth my soul” (Psalm 23). All is well!
Let gratitude show you the way (Doctrine and Covenants Section 165:2b).
Gratitude is an important spiritual practice that invites us to see all of life as a gift. We give thanks for our breath, the food we eat, people we love, and all that we have that truly matters. We remember that we are connected and sustained by a web of relationships with creation, God, and other people. Take time each day this month to practice giving thanks and to consider-for what am I most grateful?
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