After learning about the definitions of these words, the picture in my mind of “a broken heart and a contrite spirit” has changed.
The fact that it grows more challenging each day to stay as disciples of Christ proves that it’s more necessary than ever for us to establish ourselves in holy places – to gain a testimony of our Father and Savior and their plan for us.
In spite of my own struggles with, and questions about, the Church, I’ve found reasons to stay. It’s a choice, every single time. And it’s a choice all of us face at some point or another.
This is what I felt was the best message for the moment – to seek the better. To seek the things of a better world. To seek the better part.
Mourning, of course, is a process of healing. It’s odd, but processes that help us heal are always uncomfortable and painful. Yet, over time, they prove themselves to be extremely effective. A time of mourning can also be these three things: a time of solemnity, a time of fasting, and a time of prayer.
Because Christ lived a perfect life and sacrificed Himself for our freedom, we have the chance to build a partnership with God. But after we make that covenant with God, how do we keep it?
When Christ feels distant, we likely need to take some sort of action to feel close to Him again. So let’s look at ways to see Him when He isn’t obvious in your life.
How many times in the scriptures are the words “Fear not” spoken by Jesus Christ? He speaks it like it’s a simple thing, like there’s an On/Off switch that can stop the fear we feel. So is He wrong? Or can it really be as simple as Christ makes it sound?
Christ may not come when we expect Him. He may not do what we think He should do. But if we learn anything from Easter, it’s that He does come to bring hope and salvation.
It may seem like Christ is distant, that He isn’t coming, and that it’s too late for Him to help you anyway. But He isn’t far away, He is coming, and it’s never too late for Him to help you.