Thursday, September 17, 2009

Restoring Our Relationship With God

Just to let you know, I am working on posting video of the September 12th march on Washington. It was an amazing experience and I’m grateful I got to be there. I also have some video of other more tourist type experiences that I will be posting. It’s just taking me a while to get the videos all uploaded and stuff.

On my plane trip to D.C. via Salt Lake I was thinking wistfully about the previous weekend when I flew into Boise to spend some time with my family. When I got off the plane my mom, sister and one of my little nephews were there to greet me. When my nephew saw me he gave a happy scream and ran to me. I scooped him up in my arms and gave him a kiss and hug. I love reunions with my loved ones. The reunions with my nieces and nephews are particularly heartwarming for me. My relationship with them is one of my most cherished. I’ve tried to make sure that they feel safe and loved with me.

That experience of greeting them with open arms and having them run to me is one I have thankfully had several times over. Scooping them up in a loving embrace is such a simple and yet profound moment. I love them. We feel safe together and an increase in happiness. It’s amazing how sweet reunions can cast away any previous negative experiences in a healing way, for me and for them.

Connection is such an important part of humanity. The most vital connection we all have is with God, Our Creator and Father. And yet those ties seem to become increasingly strained in our nation, not because of Him, it’s because of us.

Why is it that we avoid the things that will help us most sometimes? Indeed sometimes it seems like we run from that which is the greatest source of security and peace. Is it because we fear weakness and vulnerability? Perhaps. It is a human desire to be in control and personally strong. Maybe what we fear is that our potential is unlimited, as Nelson Mandela once stated “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Knowing we are powerful means that we would have a responsibility. Regardless I invite this nation to examine its relationship with God.

Let us understand that as we learn we are weak we can be humble. This allows us to have open and soft hearts, a condition God can work more easily with. Than in partnership with Him, empowered through His grace, we don’t have to fear responsibility of our potential for we have a perfecly loving, strong ally. If we really want to be strong and to make the most of our own potential, we need Him.

God loves us. He is Our Father. The love we have for the children in our lives gives us a hint to how He feels about us, though immeasurably more. We ought to run to Him. For surely He waits with open arms to scoop us up in safety, love and healing.


Eve said...

Amen. Thanks MJ.
I would have loved to have met you there in DC! It would have been difficult with the mass of people that were there! I wasn't able to go but was there in spirit! I'm so made the "fringe" media didn't acknowledge it, but the truth will be known.

manajordan said...

Thanks Eve.
It would be great to meet up sometime. I have a feeling there will be more tea party type events.

Deena said...

As I was reading this morning there is a great quote from the book The Infinite Atonement. "God is waiting poised to give us blessings at the least bit of provication." HE is always there.