In the past week, two of my friends have had someone very special and important to them pass away. It makes my heart sad for them and the family they will now miss - even while I have faith and hope in the resurrection and the chance to be with our family eternally. Today I was looking at some pictures of Christ and some of the captions from scriptures that go with them - I will not leave you comfortless...the tender mercies of the Lord...
A few years ago I remember reading on another blog a person's feelings about how Christ had helped to carry her burdens. Her words were beautiful and so perfect and heartfelt. They stuck with me and I think I remember the scripture she talked about. It was from Mosiah 24. In this case the people were in bondage and suffered difficulties. Our hard things are different than theirs, and different at different times of our lives. But these are the words from the Book of Mormon:
And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage. And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions. And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.
So the people were still in bondage, still had hard things - but the Lord promised that he would ease the burdens. I feel quite blessed in my life, but I do know some things are hard. I have felt the Savior's love for me and know that he does comfort us and understand us.