Did you think to pray?
Yesterday afternoon I went to our chapel to speak with my Bishop. I hadn´t intended to go to pray,but I was a bit early so I entered the chapel doors. The lights were low,the pews were empty,and the silence was peaceful and calming. I slipped into a pew and memories started to flood my mind.I remembered how many times I have sat in the silence of an empty chapel and prayed for my husband and children,my grandchildren and friends. In pain and loss,in joy and gratitude.Even angry at times. I´ve prayed for understanding,wisdom,and guidance. My prayers have sometimes been for patience to calm my swirling emotions,to give me strength and to quell my doubts and fears. I have laid my family´s needs and trials at my Lordś feet.
I have prayed in chapels in Atlanta,in south Georgia,in Mississippi,Louisiana,Alabama,Texas,Florida,and Mexico. Always feeling peace after leaving my hearts concerns and desires there. Thatś not too say I haven´t done the same in other places because I have gotten in the habit of praying at all times and in all places. But yesterday I was reminded by the Spirit how my prayers have been so generously answered and it overwhelmed me with gratitude and love for my Savior.
This world and the evil in it can shout that there is no power in prayer. It can deny the Savior of the world and the truthfulness of the Gospel.It can glorify wickedness and depravity and hate and violence while denigrating goodness,righteousness,and truth. It can falsely proclaim that selfishness and greed are okay. But it will never destroy my testimony that my Father in heaven is always true and always loves me. He hears my prayers and cares about what happens too me .He forgives me and gently draws me to Himself. He doesn´t force me or intimidate me to follow Him and be obedient.He loves me there.He reaches down,no He comes and sits right there in that pew beside me. He lets me lay my head on His shoulder and hears as I pour my heart out too Him. I am His daughter.
I am thankful for prayer and that I have a place of refuge under His wings.