There are some who think there couldn't possibly be an all knowing, all powerful God who loves us because if there was, he wouldn't let bad things happen to good people. My husband and I have been blessed with five wonderful children. During the first couple years of life, they learn and grow at an extremely rapid pace. All five of our children received numerous cuts, scrapes and bruises during those early years as they learned to walk, or ride a bike, not because we didn't love them or because we weren't there for them. The experience of falling and going through pain, helps them learn and grow and master necessary skills. If I were to have never allowed them to walk, or ride a bike because I wanted to keep them protected from the possibility of injury, I would being doing them a huge disservice. Now, that being said, when they do fall, I'm always there to love and comfort them, if they allow me, and I know that our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ are likewise always there for us, if we will turn to them.
They are the perfect role models for parents. They have not left us alone to our own devices; they've provided scriptures with their teachings, living prophets and apostles to lead and guide us, and prayer so that we can communicate with them and receive answers for our individual needs.
|"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." -St John 14:18|
|Nora, now ready to clean with her goggles on just so|
|Annabelle and Jane in ballet|
|Jane proud of her green smoothie mustache, as always|
As you grow old, you may have some regrets about having spent too much time at work, away from home, building your worldly possessions, which will no longer be of value to you. But, you will never regret spending too much time with your family. You might even wish that you had done a little more, been there a little more, and you might wonder if what you have done and taught was enough.
The Lord knows you. He loves you. He is highly interested in your life and is concerned for your welfare and the welfare of all of his children and so he will never leave us alone, but will always be there, waiting for us to come to him. We should follow his example. Families are forever so they should be of utmost importance and given highest priority in our lives.