Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Good

If you would like to join us for our Trail of Tender Mercies walking celebration in Highland Utah this Saturday evening, June 22, 2013 at 6:30PM, please "contact us" in the menu bar above and RSVP by this Wednesday. 

We will send you the address and other information you will need. We would love to see you! 

For more information about this walking celebration, please click here.

I have been thinking a lot lately about what is good.

Fifty cent Ice cream, in its very simplicity is good.  Ripe watermelon, with all of its juicy sweetness overflowing is good.

The moment we call twilight, which sends soft yellow like a blanket over all the Earth is good.

Sometimes things feel good, or look good, or sound good.

There is a lot of emotion in that four letter word, good.  In fact, have you ever looked up the word good in a dictionary?  Here are just a few of the definitions:  of a favorable character, profitable, advantageous, pleasant, wholesome, amusing, clever, considerable, full, well-founded, honorable, virtuous, right, kind, benevolent, and loyal.

Many verses in our scriptures describe the Lord as good.  I stumbled upon one just today  "...he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him..." (2 Nephi 26:33)

The Lord is good.

Which means He IS every one of those words defined above...and more.  When we experience His goodness it often comes in the form of a tender mercy.

Sometimes I wonder if we could learn to be good like He is, then perhaps we could also learn to become more tender and full of mercy.

Since we started this challenge I have been watching for tender moments.

Trying to learn from them.

This week I happenchanced upon one I won't forget.

My daughter plays on a lacrosse team with girls from all over Utah County.  She is the only girl from her school who plays on the team.  She is cute, and darling, and fun to be with...but sometimes she is shy.  She has been from the day she was born.  Playing on this team has stretched her.

I have watched her grow through this experience...but I have also seen the stretching.

It is painful at times, this trying to make new friends.

The other afternoon her team huddled together just before their game.

I watched them put their arms around each other and huddle close, and I ran up next to them to get a photo.  It was as I got closer that I realized what they were doing.

The coach would say, "What do we love about Lauren..."  and the girls would go around in a circle and say what made Lauren a great lacrosse player, but even more...a good friend.

I got there just in time to hear her say my daughter, Grace's, name.  "What do we love about Grace..." and then the girls began shouting out positive things.

I realized in that moment that kind words are tender mercies.

They are good.

When we say kind words we "doeth that which is good among the children of men..."

We become tender in those moments.

We become more like Him.