Today I am posting something a little different.
Let me explain...
My aunt made a beautiful photo book commemorating the short life of her brother, Steven, who died when he was only 2.5 years old of Leukemia. She shared the book with me and I couldn't put it down.
Though he died back in 1957 my heart was so heavy looking at the photos of the sweet little boy, thinking of the sadness this tragedy must have brought to my aunt's family. I looked at the photos of him opening presents at Christmas, playing with is older siblings, and simply being a little boy, and couldn't help but picture my own 20 month old rough-and-tumble boy.
I came upon a scanned copy of a poem in the book that melted my heart. I cried and cried as I read this gorgeous poem and thought, "How true! What peace we must try to find in such tragedy."
I thank God every day that I don't know personally what it feels like to lose a child, but I know people who do.
Imagining the pain they must feel has made losing a child my worst - and borderline IRRATIONAL - fear. Reading this poem brought me a new perspective and reminded me that we shouldn't waste time in fear. We simply need to trust that our job in this life is to ENJOY our children, love them unconditionally, teach them as much as physically possible, put them first, and live our own life in the best possible way so we can all be reunited together someday.
I know without a doubt that the family unit is eternal, meaning FOREVER. I found this truth HERE. It brings me peace when I think about the possibility of losing someone dear to me, let alone my children.
I wanted to share this touching poem with you in hopes that it brings someone, somewhere, the same peace it has brought me.
I recommend watching the free broadcast of General Conference for more inspirational talks, quotes, stories, and musical numbers. It only happens twice a year so I highly recommend Tivo-ing it so you can take the time to watch the entire thing!
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And most importantly, remember to EXPRESS GRATITUDE for your blessings! Love you all,