Showing posts from February, 2010

Thoughts from Sunday school

As we discussed the Savior's Atonement today in church, I couldn't help but think how incredibly lonely the Savior must have been during the agony of His suffering. As Elder Holland testified, "Because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so." I am grateful for Jesus Christ. I hope that we all will seek to follow Him more earnestly and partake of the peace He offers.


The night was deep and the silence was thick
As the Maker of man and the Builder of worlds
Tread onward alone and fell on His face
To fulfill God's will and to bring about Grace.

But Sunday will come! Sunday will come!
The thought lends hope to the downcast and weary.
The day dawn will break and the darkest of nights
Will end with the birth of renewing light.

The lightning raged in a billowing surge,
And shadows of crosses were cast on the ground.
"Oh, Father above forsakest Thou me?"
Cried the loneliest man as He hung on a tree.

But Sunday will co…

Make my Valentine's Day

It took me until 11:00 this morning to figure out that today is Valentine's Day. Honestly, I thought it was yesterday. I don't know how I missed that one. At any rate, a most pleasant turn of events redeemed me from this faux pas. My friend invited me to a Valentine's Day dinner where I met some wonderful people. I was reminded again just how awesome it is to make someone's day. In this case, others made my day.

Having your day made is a blessing. Most of the time, it doesn't take much, and even the smallest kindnesses seem grand when it happens. So, on a holiday when sweethearts swoon and singles sulk, I found myself surrounded by excellent and friendly people, thoroughly happy and thrilled with the goodness of life. I'm grateful for people that keep the world turning with their smiles.

The best part about having your day made is the desire that follows to turn around and do the same for others.

Brother Up In Heaven

Here's a post from my old blog that was focused on music. 
Originally posted on December 17, 2009

This has long been one of my very favorite songs because of the emotions it invokes. For me, this song works on a couple of levels. I think the most common one is of losing a close friend or brother in war or otherwise. I first heard this song as a teenager and had never lost a brother or a friend to death. So for me this song became an anthem of friendship. I often think of this song when I part ways with very close friends. This song really captures the loneliness and longing that accompany such a parting, whatever the circumstances (I still see his shadow; his laugh lingers on/When I dream we are back together; when I wake he is gone). Also, it espouses the hope that we will be reunited with our loved ones someday.

In addition to lovely sentiments, this song poses a thought provoking question: “Why do men with so much hate destroy what they cannot create while we all stand by?”


The changing meaning of the word "friend"

Here's a post from my old blog that was focused on spiritual themes. 
Originally posted on February 4, 2010

I advocate the use of technology for the betterment of mankind, the spreading of knowledge, and the development of the world. Along with the blessings of the digital age come the much discussed consequences of living in a cyber world. I wrote this poem to reflect my current observations and conclusions about the role of social media in our society. We live in a world where finding the balance grows increasingly difficult, and attempts to do so often result in situations like this.
Facebook, texting, Twitter, and phone I relied on your service and now I'm alone. Old friends are near, new friends abound, But dearths of real friends is all I have found. Surrounded by people whose smiles seem real, Yet talking to neighbors has lost its appeal. I'm surrounded by people on every side. I want to add them to tickle my pride. The more I have followers the more the glory. The m…