a quiet, comforting, moment

Dear friends, I sat at the dining table with my breakfast this morning – big children at seminary, husband in shower, small children not yet up (well, so I thought :)) – it was a quiet moment at the start of the day. Usually breakfast is eaten, standing up, in the kitchen, while I’m doing packed lunches.  But today I took the opportunity to read the message in the Ensign (the church magazine) and read these beautiful, comforting words from Dieter Uchtdorf, an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ along with comments on this painting Frans Schwartz – Agony in the Garden:

“Though none of us will ever have to experience the depth of what our Lord suffered, we each will have our own dark and bitter hours — times when our sorrow and grief may appear to be greater than we can bear. There will be times when the weight and remorse of our sins will press mercilessly upon us.
Even so, if we will lift our hearts to the Lord during those times, surely He will know and understand. He who suffered so selflessly for us in the garden and on the cross will not leave us comfortless now. He will strengthen, encourage, and bless us. He will encircle us in His gentle arms.
He will be more than an angel to us.
He will bring us blessed comfort, healing, hope, and forgiveness.
For He is our Redeemer.
Our Deliverer.
Our merciful Saviour and our blessed God.”