Monday, April 23, 2012

Grieving and Hope

Last Monday at 4:04 in the morning my sister called me bawling on the phone that my Mema died. In the next 36 hours, I finished my finals and drove down to Arizona with my dad and brother, Riley. Even though this whole week has been really hard on our family, I keep finding comfort in my testimony of Christ. One talk in particular has been going through my head more than others. It is Joseph B. Wirthlin's speech “Sunday Will Come” that he gave in October 2006 for General Conference.

Here are a few of the parts that I have really found comfort in.

He begins by describing family members who recently died in his family. He talks about how misses them and the joy they brought into his life. The sweetest was about his wife, in which he shared 65 years of marriage together. He shared a bit of what President Hinckley said at his wife’s funeral. He said, “that it is a devastating, consuming thing to lose someone you love. It gnaws at your soul.”

He goes on to talk about the comfort he felt in his testimony of Christ’s resurrection. I love how he described how special this event of was.

“In all the history of the world there have been many great and wise souls, many of whom claimed special knowledge of God. But when the Savior rose from the tomb, He did something no one had ever done. He did something no one else could do. He broke the bonds of death, not only for Himself but for all who have ever lived – the just and the unjust.”

Elder Wirthlin goes on to describe the pain of the world on the night Christ died. How painful and dark the world became, and how evil men rejoiced. He talked about the how devastated and helpless his Apostles felt.

Then he turns back to our own lives, how each of us will experience those moments. He said, “Each of us will have our own Fridays – those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays.”

He then reminds again of Christ. He reminds us that Christ’s Atonement that not only through it our sins could be forgiven, but that pain, despair, and hurt can be healed. The Bible did not end with the helplessness of Christ death, but with the hope of His resurrection. The resurrection changed the outcome of death. He described it as…

“And in an instant the eyes that had been filled with ever-flowing tears dried. The lips that had whispered prayers of distress and grief now filled the air with wondrous praise, for Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God, stood before them as the first fruits of the Resurrection, the proof that death is merely the beginning of a new and wondrous existence.”

He ended the talk with his testimony that Sunday, the day of the resurrection, always follows those dark and gloomy days.

I can’t help to think how much those feelings relate to my family now. Everyone does seem consumed with sorrow. The gap that Mema filled in our lives is noticeably empty, but I also know that Sunday will come. That joy will follow the sorrow, and that I will get to see my Mema again. 

Mema is the hot one in the middle
This is her and one of her dogs, Polly

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