My husband was the one who told me about the events at the Connecticut elementary school on Friday. He texted me while he was at work. My first thought was how awful it was, those poor children, and what a terrible thing to happen to each of those families. And then I thought, we live in a world that’s not safe for anyone. It’s scary to think that anywhere we go something can always happen.
My husband reminded me that the only safe place is home. I thought, well we can’t just never leave the house! But if we build strong homes, they can be a safe place for our families. A place where we can strengthen one another even when bad things happen.
I was reading an article by L. Tom Perry and he said, “Perhaps each of us should consider building structures for our spiritual security that are free from the influences of the world – places where we can protect and teach family members how to meet the challenges of a world that is always threatening core gospel values. I prefer to be optimistic, so I continue to hope for positive change in the world. But I’m also a realist, so I form a contingency plan in case positive changes don’t come.”
Then on Sunday, a friend of mine read a portion of the story of the birth of Christ in Luke 2:10 which says. “…Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”
It’s important to remember to FEAR NOT. As long as we have faith in Christ, things are going to work out and all things will be made up to us in the end. As a mom, it’s hard not to fear and worry about everything that can happen to my children. But especially during this Christmas time, it’s important to remember why we celebrate this holiday. Christ came to the earth and died so that we can return to our Heavenly Father. As it says in Doctrine and Covenants 122:9 “Hold on…, fear not…, for God shall be with you forever and ever.”
This painting is actually called Be Not Afraid by Greg Olsen.
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