A Message to My Mormon Friends With the Help of Poet Wendell Berry.

I was reading one of my favorite poets Wendell Berry, and his poem “A Meeting” reminded me of the preciousness of life, especially in light of my faith and knowledge of the Father’s plan.

 

– A Meeting –
by Wendell Berry

In a dream I meet
my dead friend. He has,
I know, gone long and far,
and yet he is the same
for the dead are changeless.
They grow no older.
It is I who have changed,
grown strange to what I was.
Yet I, the changed one,
ask: “How you been?”
He grins and looks at me.
“I have been eating peaches
off some mighty fine trees.”

Those of us who understand the plan of salvation, the Father’s grand purpose and plan of happiness for us here on this earth, can tend to, or can tend towards, focusing on the grand scope of the plan at the sacrifice of the here and now.

As an avid hiker, I use a map and compass to navigate. It is imperative that I know where I am on that map at any given time. It is not enough to know where I came from or where I am going. If I get myself lost during the journey, I am not going to make it to where I am going,  let alone get back to where I came from. I must always remember where I am.

plan-of-salvation

We must be careful not to look beyond the mark to the past or the future. We live in the here and now and “now is the day of salvation,” “our probationary state.” We must not “waste the days of our probation.”

So in the here and now, lets live life as fleeting as it is. There is no time for bitterness, fear, hate or pride. Just experience life “come what may and love it.”

Be good and kind TO ALL!

Love.

Sure we can plan for the future, strive to progress and succeed temporally, but NEVER at the expense of being good and kind to our fellow travelers. Life can be hard enough because of external forces and people who just don’t get it.

Dont be the source of your own trouble. You will be tested enough – just the right amount in fact- by the Lord and by the vicissitudes of living, without bringing hardship on yourself by disobedience to natural and eternal law, by unkindness and pride. Life is just too short.

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