Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

The Fringes

 Numbers 15:2 - Numbers 18:28

Last night my family was invited to a celebration.

We gathered to a high mountain overlooking the valley below, with friends who had come to remember.

There we spoke reverently of a sweet girl born on a February day two years ago.  She was privileged to spend a few hours with her tender mother, doting father, dear sister, and brave brothers.  Just long enough to leave a gentle impression on their hearts, and then she returned home to Heaven.

Yesterday was her birthday.

In honor of her memory, her mother asked that we write down a celebration in our life and tie it to the end of a balloon.

...because in her mother's heart this dear, sweet baby will always be remembered as a celebration...

So our thoughts were drawn inward, and we pondered happy things, and we wrote down our celebrations on pale pink cards and tied them with a bright bow to the end of a pink balloon.

We stood there in a circle, and we sang softly, a melody of words to remind us that families can be forever.  The testimony of that truth burned in my heart and streamed in wet tears down my cheeks.

Then, the baby's mother asked us to let go of our balloons.

In celebration.

And we remembered.

And our eyes lifted heavenward.

Today Moses teaches a lesson on the importance of remembering.

"Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments...that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart...that ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy."  (Numbers 15:38-40)

I love this thought of fringes.

Do we have fringes today?

Just like the pink balloons, which led our hearts to remember, and our eyes to draw heavenward?

Do we have fringes that we can look upon to remind us of the commandments of the Lord?  To lead our hearts to remember, and to draw our eyes heavenward...

I wanted to think I might, so I wandered around my house looking.

For fringes.

Reminders placed around my home that would help me remember all the commandments of the Lord.

...there up the stairway, a reminder of our family mission statement...

...and in the family room, three keys ––family prayer, FHE, family scripture study...

...and in the girl's room...

...and Grace's favorite painting of the Savior...

...and Meg's necklace for Sunday's...

...and our General Conference Quote Wall...

...and the table in the front hall...

As I wandered I began to realize there are fringes all around us.  In our clothing, our home decor, our jewelry.  Reminders quietly prompting us to consider the commandments.  Lifting our hearts heavenward.

Can you think of some fringes in your own life?

Would you like to add more?

Today try to think of one tangible item that reminds you to keep the commandments of the Lord.

"And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember..." (Numbers 15:39)

 

 

Emily Freeman