Thursday, May 1, 2014

That time of the month

People sometimes compare pregnancy and childbirth to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 

"Walking through the valley of the shadow of death"

"Blood spilt for the life of another"

But what do they call the predecessor to pregnancy?

"The time of the month when I hate being a woman"

"Annoying, inconvenient, embarrassing"

God does not wish us to suffer without cause. I believe that we have taken something Heavenly Father could use to teach us and twisted it, through our cultural lens, to be something terrible.

I recently started having my period again after childbirth (even  now, I feel uncomfortable saying that). The cramps have been intense, the blood profuse.

Our culture would tell me to complain. "It's so annoying to plan my life around this monthly visit." "These cramps are terrible!" "I hate being a woman."

But, what if I took the opportunity to think of my Savior, the price he paid for me, instead of complaining?

With a twinge of pain... He suffered for me.

With the drops of blood... He spilt his for me.

These last few months I have taken this opportunity. I believe you can find God wherever you look for Him. I have found him here, in this annoyance, in this "trial." As baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we covenant to always remember Him. And now I have yet another opportunity to remember my Savior.

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