Another’s Burden

 

I saw your burden pressing down,

I saw your confusion and saddened frown.

I felt a whisper of love within,

I wanted to see you wear a grin.

 

So I came and offered my hand,

You accepted and said, that would be grand.

The uphill climb together felt right,

The weight of trial seemed very light.

 

We kept our eyes upon our King,

Moving forward, we chose to sing!

Of hope and peace through Christ won,

Of the goodness of God’s holy Son!

 

I looked at you and knew His love,

For I saw the light of God above.

Our journey shared, what I bore for you,

Helped me become a child true.

 

I knew then that giving brought me,

To understand and truly see.

That happiness is more than I,

It is to hear another’s cry.

 

To bear together life’s stretching road,

To lift and share the heavy load.

My eyes with tears then saw my way,

The God of all, my staff and stay.

 

For he bent and carried all with me,

His pain the price to set me free.

My cry he answered with true love,

That I might pull through and stand above.

 

True love does not offer less,

It seeks to lift, heal and bless.

To be like Christ is to understand,

A burden shared is fine and grand.

 

Written by Michelene Glasson

 

 "And it came to pass after many days there were a goodly number gathered together at the place of Mormon, to hear the words of Alma. Yea, all were gathered together that believed on his word, to hear him. And he did teach them, and did preach unto them repentance, and redemption, and faith on the Lord. And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life— Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?" Mosiah 18:7-10

"It helps to have a sure conviction of the purpose of the Lord for every child of God in the crucible of mortal life. He taught the essence of the plan of salvation to the Prophet Joseph this way as he struggled to understand his seemingly endless trials: “And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high.” Our choice to best help someone through hard trials then becomes, “What course should I follow that will best help the person I love to ‘endure well’?” It is for us to make it more likely that he or she can exercise faith in Christ, keep a bright hope of eternal life, and practice charity, the pure love of Christ, to the end of his or her life." Henry B. Eyring

I have been blessed to receive the support and love of my Father and Savior through others as I have endured adversity. The love extended to me has helped me, "keep a bright hope of eternal life, and practice charity." I think we will all stand amazed at the end of our mortal life as we look back at the grace of God being showered upon us through others. I love when I see and acknowledge it here and now. But I feel in my heart that the charity that has sustained me is greater than I can now comprehend. Somehow in the kind acts of others I feel a gentle whisper that I have only begun to understand love. I hope each of us will bring hope and help to others who are struggling. I testify that our hands become our Savior's hands when in love they reach out to bless.

God’s Gift

 

God thought to give a wondrous gift, so he made a plan,

I will extend my love and grace through mortal man.

Many of my blessings through them will be given,

Their hands will bring the blessings of heaven.

And so God called out to those who would bestow,

The peace and reassurance, he wanted each to know.

Many worthy children were led by heavens light,

To share the gifts of God so beautiful and bright.

A burden lifted, a smile brought, a kind word of love,

The gentle acts of mortal man, the hand of God above.

 

Written by Michelene Glasson

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing."
1 Corinthians 13:1-3

This song captures beautifully what Jesus Christ wants us to understand about His purpose and plan. We all need to serve and love in His kingdom. As we step forward and begin to fulfill our part in His glorious symphony He rejoices. The song of charity becomes clearer and stronger as more voices are added. We are creating the most beautiful sound for our Savior to hear when we serve and love one another. I testify that charity is the glorious symphony our Savior is directing.