Emily Belle Freeman
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God's Kindnesses

D&C 27:10 - D&C 30:1

In the Doctrine and Covenants the Savior teaches an important principle.

He tells us that He will, “gather his people even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings...

...even as many as will hearken to my voice and humble themselves before me, and call upon me in mighty prayer.  Lift up your hearts and be glad, for I am in your midst, and am your advocate with the Father; and it is his good will to give you the kingdom.”  (D&C 29:2 & 5 emphasis added)

What a comfort it is to know that we have an advocate with the Father, who will plead our case before Him.

He is our older brother, who will walk in our midst, who will gather us to protect us from danger,

and who will continually remind us of God’s good will.

Sometimes we forget to include the word good with the phrase God’s Will.

Often when we hear people speak about praying for God’s will to be done it is in a moment when they are not sure things will work out.

After reading this verse I can’t help but wonder…

If God’s will for us is good, then shouldn’t we be praying for His will to be done all along?

Rondel By George Macdonald

I do not know thy final will, It is too good for me to know: Thou willest that I mercy show, That I take heed and do no ill, That I the needy warm and fill, Nor stones at any sinner throw; But I know not thy final will-- It is too good for me to know.

I know thy love unspeakable-- For love's sake able to send woe! To find thine own thou lost didst go, And wouldst for men thy blood yet spill!-- How should I know thy final will, Godwise too good for me to know!

Part of the mortal experience includes moments that are filled with discouragement and despair.

During these times it may be hard to believe that God’s will for us is good and perhaps this is what makes it especially hard to trust God’s will.

Turning to the Savior during these moments allows him to shelter us from the full pain we might experience, just like a mother hen does for her young.

Through prayer and scripture study we will be reminded that He is in our midst and is our advocate with the Father.

Answers will come in the form of tender mercies that will begin to remind us of the true nature of God.

Line upon line these mercies are given as constant reminders of His hand in our life.

Elder Eyring taught, “One of the ways God teaches us is with his blessings; and so, if we choose to exercise faith, the Holy Ghost will bring God’s kindnesses to our remembrance.”  (Henry B. Eyring, “Remembrance and Gratitude,” Ensign, Nov 1989, 11)

Kindnesses from a God whose will for us is good.

This is a month for remembering God’s kindnesses, for recognizing His tender mercies, for living with an attitude of gratitude.

Perhaps we could do as Elder Eyring taught, exercise faith, and then remember God’s kindnesses.

Maybe we could write them down. In that moment we will be reminded of a great truth  ––His will for us is good.

My daughter made these poster boards for our family home evening this week.

So we will begin to list His kindnesses...

And we will remember.

 

 

Emily Freeman