Dear reader, I have certain spiritual beliefs I reflect upon often. They do not seem separate from other types of knowledge, such as in one box I keep concrete physical evidence and in another, intangible spiritual hopes. They are as real to me as any other thing I understand, borne by an inner conviction which has accompanied me through every high and low.
I feel I should talk about my spiritual thoughts more often. Perhaps I've gotten old enough that I don't fear it will be offensive to share what's in my heart, even if those beliefs differ from what others hold dear. I guess I believe even different beliefs, when founded in love, respect, and a desire for truth, will ultimately find common ground at some future point along the path.
At any rate, there is perhaps no greater conviction in my soul than the feeling we live beyond this life. I say "feeling" because I don't know what else to call it, but it is as real to me as knowing my own name or any other acceptable piece of evidence I could prove by tangible means. I can't remember a time when I didn't know this to be true...perhaps I was blessed with a believing heart in some matters, but certainly this awareness has solidified and been confirmed to me many times over through various experiences in my life.
It is my belief this triumph over death was made possible by Jesus Christ, through His willingness to suffer for the sins of the world and lay down His life, He alone having the power to rise again as a resurrected, immortal being. My heart is filled with wonder to consider this. It is a gift He freely gives to all, the promise of reuniting one's soul and body in a perfect, immortal form.
As I said, these are thoughts I ponder often, but they seem even more poignant at this meaningful time of year.
I'm constantly learning, sometimes slowly, often stubbornly, what it means to follow the example of Jesus Christ. I feel such strength in trying to be like Him. When I pray to be filled with His love, when I try to do the things I think He would do, when I am tender and kind to others...I feel a deeper peace and quiet confidence I can only associate with His presence.
Someone showed me this video the other day, a moving testament of the life and mission of the Savior. It touched me deeply and I wanted to share it with you, as well.
I wish this world greater peace. I wish for each one of us the desire to commit more deeply to the virtues of kindness and love. I believe there's no greater power than love, and every day my faith grows in its ability to bless, heal, and transform. I do not consider myself the ideal spokesperson for this message, as I'm painfully aware of my flaws and shortcomings. But my faith grows stronger, regardless, and I'm humbled to know things of a spiritual nature and see the goodness they bring into my life.
p.s. I think the format of this video is larger than the capacity of my blog, but if you click the title in the upper left hand corner of the screen, you'll be able to see the entire image.