Saturday, July 19, 2014

Turn Your Heart

Although we see life very linearly, and our ancestors as gone, God does not see us as so distinctly separated.

"But they reside in the presence of God, on a globe like a sea of glass and fire, where all things for their glory are manifest, past, present, and future, and are continually before the Lord." (Doctrine & Covenants 130:7)

Our ancestors are very much a part of us. We are them. We have their awkward gait. And their long fingers. We have their sensitivity to things of the soul. And their love of rodeos. "It's in my genes" makes it sound like these things never belonged to someone in the first place. But there are parts of you that are actually a long string of goodness that started way back with someone else's right choices.

My grandmother loved to write. And now here I am, in 2014, writing as a way to show my perspective on the world. My ancestor Agnes Haley Love gave her life in the name of a love for God and His church. And now here I sit, in 2014, tenderly writing my feelings for the very same God and His very same church.

God works through people. The light that is inherent in each of us is actually inherited, in some form or another, from our ancestors.

Now we must turn our hearts to them. Remember them if they have been forgotten, find them if they have been lost. But more than wanting to be remembered, they want us to find God in them. They want us to turn away from the pride that is so prevalent in our society and recognize that we are part of great whole. 

Why would it be important to see the whole, and think of yourself as small piece of it? I would suggest it's the opposite. You are not thinking of yourself as a small string in a tapestry, but realizing that "you" as you currently see yourself, is actually "you" the great whole. You are the blanket in its entirety. You are not only a single thread, but you are also the whole by default. You are yourself, but you are also your ancestor.

When the prophet Elisha was about to be attacked by the Syrians, his eyes were opened, and he saw the concourses of angels that were protecting them (2 Kings 6:16-17). Although Elisha was just himself, he was also the combined effort of all the angels that were protecting him. These are your ancestors. 

You may share the same gene pool, but that is not why your ancestors love and protect you. They know you intimately as your personal guardian angels. They are your shoulder to cry on. They see your struggles and your pain when no earthly person is there.

When you remember them, you will begin to recognize that comfort, that hand that has always been outstretched, as messengers for God. Turn your hearts to them, and you will know the power, protection, and comfort that comes from being connected. They are reaching out to you, I have felt it. Reach out and grasp their hand. They are pulling you toward the divine.

Photos taken March 14, 2014, Grandma's 100th birthday
We went to the temple, one of her favorite places, to celebrate

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