January 9, 2011

The Sunday Post

Yesterday I attended the baptism of my uncle...who has become very acquainted with the atonement over the past three years after addiction, divorce, and other heavy burdens. It was my first experience to attend this kind of baptism--a very emotional and loving and bright occasion. I felt overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of change, for our ability to become something better and holier because of an infinite sacrifice. I don't understand exactly how it works...I only know that it does. I saw the miracle manifest in the face of my uncle, who wept like one only does when a power greater than themselves has given them another chance. No earthly thing has that power or authority.

I love this:
We don't know exactly how Jesus accomplished the Atonement. We only know that somehow during the course of the excruciating and agonizing hours in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, he became our Redeemer...

Jesus has already accomplished the most painful and important part of the repentance process for us by suffering pains for all our sins. That which is left to us to perform to make his atoning sacrifice a vibrant, transforming factor in our lives is simple by comparison—unless, of course, we choose to make it difficult for ourselves by our inaccurate perceptions of him and his gospel or our unwillingness to change...

Of course, this change of heart isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Nor is it intended only for those who are guilty of major violations of God’s law. It can come every day of our lives as we prayerfully consider our commitment to the Lord and the sacred covenants we have made with him. In doing so, sometimes we’ll feel the need to repent and improve. Other times we’ll feel the confident peace of purity, which in this life only comes through repentance. Those are the times when we will feel most inclined to “sing the song of redeeming love.  --Joseph Walker, "Singing the Song of Redeeming Love"

Have a lovely Sabbath!

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