Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Of Some Have Compassion

1 John 3:20 - Revelation 1:10

Several months ago I was in a Relief Society room where this painting was hanging.  I loved it immediately, and quickly took a picture.  I do not know the name of it or the person who painted it, but the image taught a powerful lesson I don't want to forget.

It is a moment that captures the heart.

A woman sitting on the wall.  Sorrowful, heartbroken, downtrodden.

And then another woman passes by.

She is on an errand.  Her empty basket alludes to the fact that she is on her way to somewhere, to pick up something, and yet she pauses on her journey.

It is the hand grasping, the eyes focused, the basket forgotten that captures my heart.

In the midst of the mundane something miraculous is taking place.

It reminds me of a scripture found in Jude 1:22, "Of Some have compassion, making a difference."

This painting reminds me that the small moments in the midst of our daily journeys can be life changing.

Sometimes the most powerful experiences happen when we are on our way to somewhere else.  They are moments we would have missed if we were so focused on the errand that we didn't open our eyes to see the individual.

Elder Holland teaches that we are all given the same amount of time to work with every day, the important thing is what we do with it.

So I think back over the minutes and moments of my day.  Did I pause?  Did I offer compassion?  Did I make a difference?

Our giving does not have to be spectacular.  It can be simple.  Sometimes all it requires is for us to pause from our journey for just a few minutes to grasp someone's hand, to focus our heart on their worries, to listen.

I consider the life of our good Prophet, President Monson.  A man who never postpones a prompting ––who reaches out to the individual.  Somehow, during the midst of his busy schedule he has time to remember the one.

I want to learn from him.

I want to make it a priority to leave some of those precious minutes unaccounted for, to leave time for unplanned compassion, to follow a prompting.

To love the one.

To make a difference.

Emily Freeman