Happy Easter!

"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people, and hallelujah is our song."~Pope John Paul II

We live in a world where so many people are dealing with hard things. There are health issues, employment issues, family issues -- the list just goes on and on. Sometimes my heart breaks for my friends and loved ones and sometimes it aches for myself. Life is not easy and it's so easy to get discouraged and even to feel despair.

As I contemplated these things, I was reminded of a wonderful Conference talk given by Joseph B. Wirthlin, entitled "Sunday Will Come". It was given in 2006 but was so powerful for me that I have never forgotten it and go back and re-read it fairly often. He talks about the crucifixion of the Savior and how dark it was that day (physically and spiritually) -- but reminded us that that terrible day did not remain. And despite the fact that we may be in the midst of a terrible 'day' in our lives, that our Sunday (and the brightness and joy it brings) will surely come.

I used the above quote last year at this time as well and it too has stuck with me. I need to remember that despite the darkness we all find in our lives from time to time, that we need not despair, because Sunday will come. And it will come because of the priceless gift that our Savior Jesus Christ gave us at this Easter time: His atoning sacrifice and resurrection.

So indeed, we need not (and must not) abandon ourselves to despair because we are the Easter people!



Doug Funny said...

Thank you so much, especially at Easter, for helping keep our minds and hearts focused on the Savior.

As I said to you last May, "My prayers are still with you and your struggling family. I pray that what will best prepare you for eternity and bring you closer to the Savior will come to pass, because that's what really matters. Godspeed."

Carrie Page said...

Love. Thanks.

hoLLy said...

have a wonderful easter!! beautiful thoughts for this week!!!

Natalie Scott said...

Lovely Jan. Just lovely. As usual :)

Love you!

Gabrielle said...

Thanks for the post! God bless you.

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wedding-time said...

god bless u :)
Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people, and hallelujah is our song.