MIDWEEK MESSAGE – March 6, 2024

Recently, I saw this quote by Patrick Overton, the poet, which was on a poster entitled “Faith” which said: “When you come to the edge of all the light you have, and must take a step into the darkness of the unknown, believe that one of two things will happen; either there will be something solid for you to stand on – or you will be taught how to fly.”

I spent some time meditating on the truth of that statement.  What is the edge of all the light we have? It is life as we know it.  That edge can be one of our choosing or changes beyond our control, such as death, illness, loss of a career, loss of a home, or the result of some natural disaster.

It can be scary, so the question to ask ourselves is,  “Do we have a Power greater than ourselves that we can trust? “ If we do, it makes stepping into the dark less frightening because we know there will be a bridge or we will sprout the necessary wings.

I believe that the amount of courage I have is in direct proportion to my faith and trust in a loving God.  When I am feeling connected, I have the courage and strength I need when I need it.  One way I believe we can acquire a deeper connection and trust is to look at times in our lives when we or others have leaped, and the bridge or the wings have appeared.

Navigating through life’s challenges requires understanding that we are not alone.  There always is a loving Presence building bridges or giving us the wings to soar over life’s troubled waters.  For me, the knowledge of that makes me eternally grateful.

Quote of the Week

“It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life story will develop.”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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