Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

The Errand of Angels

Summer of Many Mercies Alma 18:6 - Alma 20:9

I love the story of Abish.

Remember, the servant of King Lamoni who shared her testimony?

My most favorite scene of that story happens in a moment that must have been very tense.  The household has fallen into a trance.  The people have gathered to the palace and there begins to be a lot of contention.  Abish saw the contention and turmoil and confusion and began to cry.  "And it came to pass that she went and took the queen by the hand, that perhaps she might raise her from the ground; and as soon as she touched her hand she arose and stood upon her feet, and cried with a loud voice, saying: O blessed Jesus, who has saved me from an awful hell!  O blessed God, have mercy on this people."  (Alma 19:29)

Every time I read that verse I am reminded of the power of a visiting teacher.

I love how she took the queen by the hand.

I love her hope to raise her...or to lift her up.

I love that her touch helped another woman to stand on her feet again.

How is it that we learn to live after the errand of angels?

To touch a life...to lift a heart?

Abish is a great example of what is required.

Studying these chapters gives great insight on how to become more tender and more merciful.

Sometimes God sends tender mercies through the angels that surround us.

Our service might move us to tears...

but when we are on the Lord's errand He will help us to take those who struggle by the hand, lift them up, and help them to stand again.