Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

And Greater Also

1 Nephi 18:7 - 1 Nephi 20:21

I love that we are here in Nephi, speaking of old friends...old memories.  Moses, the Red Sea, the great things.  Friends we made in the first quarter of this year, now they are visiting again.

Today Nephi reminds us of Isaiah...that he might more fully persuade us to believe in the Lord our Redeemer.

"Hear ye the words of the prophet,"

He reminds us.

"Hear ye the words of the prophet...and liken them unto yourselves, that ye may have hope... for after this manner has the prophet written."  (1 Nephi 19:24)

I need hope.

Today I count it as a blessing that Isaiah wrote after the manner of hope.  To more fully persuade me.  To help me to believe in the Lord.

"The Lord, thy Redemer, the Holy One of Israel...the Lord thy God

who teacheth thee to profit,

who leadeth thee by the way thou shouldst go...

...then had thy peace been as a river,

The Lord hath redeemed his servant

and they thirsted not;

he led them through the deserts;

he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them;

he clave the rock also and and the waters gushed out.

he hath done all this...

and greater also."

(1 Nephi 20:17-22)

It is the thought that the Lord hath done all those things, and greater also, that brings me the most hope.

If I trust the words of Isaiah, then I must believe that the Lord will teach me.  That He will lead me.  That He will ensure that I will not thirst.

If I follow where He leads I will find flowing waters, gushing.  I will find rivers of peace.

I wonder, in Isaiah's poetic writing, if water might be figurative for blessings ––and, if so, what that might mean in the desert places of my life.

Because if the Lord can do all this, and greater also,

my heart has hope.

Emily Freeman