Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Recap

If your weekend was like mine you got plenty of peeps, eggs and little pieces of Easter grass all over the house. I was also fortunate enough to be richly fed at church. I am still on a high from my meetings and would like to share this with you.

From Jeffrey R Holland, 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].” 20

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. 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,” 21 for surely that is how He stood by us when it was unto death and when He had to stand entirely and utterly alone.

1 comment:

jbuppin said...

Hi Carlie,

I saw the link to this blog on my sister-in-law Elizabeth Olson's blog, and wanted to thank you for posting this beautiful message about the Savior. I am so grateful for the Savior and all He did for us. This message touched my heart.

I hope all is going well for you family. I miss having Daryl's family live next to yours and here close enough for our family to visit often, but we know they are where they are supposed to be at this time.

As for me, I got married in December and became the step-mom to five beautiful children. We live in Salt Lake and are doing well. :)

Take care,
J'Lene Harris