This children’s song has played such a great role in my life. It has been there for me in my darkest hours. The words to this song speak love from a Father in Heaven that pierce me to the core.
How could the Father tell the world of love and tenderness?
He sent his Son, a newborn babe, with peace and holiness.
How could the Father show the world the pathway we should go?
He sent his Son to walk with men on earth, that we may know.
How could the Father tell the world of sacrifice, of death?
He sent his Son to die for us and rise with living breath.
What does the Father ask of us? What do the scriptures say?
Have faith, have hope, live like his Son, help others on their way.
What does he ask? Live like his Son.
This week my studies were focused on that sacrifice that our Heavenly Father made for us. The wonderful act of the Atonement was the great key to getting back home. It is also the great key to becoming someone who wants to go home. There is this wonderful talk by Brad Wilcox where he touches on this.
““Have you been changed by grace?” They are so excited about being saved that maybe they are not thinking enough about what comes next. They are so happy the debt is paid that they may not have considered why the debt existed in the first place. Latter-day Saints know not only what Jesus has saved us from but also what He has saved us for. As my friend Brett Sanders puts it, “A life impacted by grace eventually begins to look like Christ’s life.” As my friend Omar Canals puts it, “While many Christians view Christ’s suffering as only a huge favor He did for us, Latter-day Saints also recognize it as a huge investment He made in us.” As Moroni puts it, grace isn’t just about being saved. It is also about becoming like the Savior (see Moroni 7:48).
The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can live after we die but that we can live more abundantly (see John 10:10). The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can be cleansed and consoled but that we can be transformed (see Romans 8). Scriptures make it clear that no unclean thing can dwell with God (see Alma 40:26), but, brothers and sisters, no unchanged thing will even want to.” (His Grace is Sufficient).
A thought I have been having along with all of this as well is Heavenly Father’s role in all of this. How He felt watching His only begotten son hurt and have to leave him. How wonderful it is to know we are loved by Heavenly Father so much that He has given a chance. He believes in us. He trusts us because He loves us.
“There appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him” (Luke 22:43).
When we feel like we can’t go on anymore, remember even the provider of Grace needed the comfort of an angel.
“But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22:32).
Let Grace change you, and in turn share that change. He walked the the painful lonely road to raise you up. He hung on the cross, so that He can be our strength to bear up our own crosses. Joy is felt in him. Joy can be felt. Brad Wilcox concludes his beautiful talk with this:
“As God is my witness, I love the youth of this church. I believe in you. I’m pulling for you. And I’m not the only one. Parents are pulling for you, leaders are pulling for you, and prophets are pulling for you. And Jesus is pulling with you.”
And Elder Holland says to back him up:
““Don’t give up, boy. Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead—a lot of it—30 years of it now, and still counting. You keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.”
I testify that God lives, that He is our Eternal Father, that He loves each of us with a love divine. I testify that Jesus Christ is His Only Begotten Son in the flesh and, having triumphed in this world, is an heir of eternity, a joint-heir with God, and now stands on the right hand of His Father. I testify that this is Their true Church and that They sustain us in our hour of need—and always will, even if we cannot recognize that intervention. Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. Of that I personally attest. I thank my Father in Heaven for His goodness past, present, and future” (An High Priest of Good Things to Come).