Art by Ralph Hofknecht

The Debt

 

The debt I couldn’t pay in mercy you took from me,

The cords that held me bound were removed and I was free.

The weight of doom and misery were swallowed up in love,

I stood by grace and began again, praising  God above!

 

Through storms of opposition I beheld once more your gift,

For when another hurt me, I chose to forgive and lift.

Again I felt the weight of the debt taken by thee,

I walked away from giving love and felt once more quite free!

 

The cords you took from me I will remember with great care,

And show reverence for what you gave by being kind and fair.

To keep the gift of forgiveness I must extend it with pure intent,

For I will receive as I give, you will return what I have sent.

 

In the end I will face the truth of love and mercy in me,

Standing before the bar of God, may I stand a daughter free.

No cords of hate or bitterness, but love and light sublime,

That you may take my hand and say, my daughter you are mine!

 

Written by Michelene

 

 

Alma 41:14-15 "Therefore, my son, see that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteously, and do good continually; and if ye do all these things then shall ye receive your reward; yea, ye shall have mercy restored unto you again; ye shall have justice restored unto you again; ye shall have a righteous judgment restored unto you again; and ye shall have good rewarded unto you again. For that which ye do send out shall return unto you again, and be restored; therefore, the word restoration more fully condemneth the sinner, and justifieth him not at all."

 

Art by Nikolay Losev

This art piece is beautiful to me. I see myself as the prodigal. I know my only hope is my Savior Jesus Christ. I am daily as a beggar seeking for pardon for every sin that does so easily beset me. And in my great need my Redeemer answers with love and mercy forgiving and lifting me again and again. So the story of mercy and love is for me and for you. We need to repeat this story as we experience the heart breaking moments of mortality when some ones else's choices cause us pain or discomfort. These defining moments can become beautiful if we choose mercy and forgiveness. Not to long ago Dieter F. Uchtdorf taught me this important truth, "those who set aside the bottle of bitterness and lift instead the goblet of gratitude can find a purifying drink of healing, peace, and understanding." The words of this dear apostle helped me hold on to what I treasure most above all, my Heavenly King and my eternal family. I am so grateful for the words of holy apostles that hold eternal weight in my soul. I will ever rejoice in the peace I have found in Christ and in those who helped me find it. I testify that happiness is found as we love, forgive and bless one another. The goblet of gratitude is also a goblet of mercy and love. May we drink from it daily and feel the peace of our King I pray!

"Gratefully, God, in His love and mercy for His children, has prepared a way to help us navigate these sometimes turbulent experiences of life. He has provided an escape for all who fall victim to the misdeeds of others. He has taught us that we can forgive! Even though we may be a victim once, we need not be a victim twice by carrying the burden of hate, bitterness, pain, resentment, or even revenge. We can forgive, and we can be free!" Kevin R. Duncan

Forgiveness

 

If a man will take your coat, give him your cloak and smile,

If a man speaks with cruel intent don’t hate and revile.

If a man strikes your family and bitterly causes pain,

Forgive and seek for peace, speak no bitter refrain.

 

If a neighbor points their finger as you stumble and fall,

Don’t turn and cast a stone of hate but heed the Master’s call.

If friends and family leave you when the storm of trial descends,

Look toward heaven with joy, for angels are your friends. 

 

If unfair accusations lead you into a storm,

Be faithful and know that God will keep you warm.

Life is full of ups and downs, no one walks free from pain,

But those who forgive and love, will not carry a stain.

 

Let the hard times bring you closer to your Lord,

Hearken to His example and live by his word.

Forgive as you would be forgiven and remember all are dear,

Keep your heart soft and God's spirit ever near.

 

A saint of noble strength is there inside of you,

So forgive and be forgiven, and God will call you true!

The love you offered in life will be the inheritance you receive,

So offer love, peace and joy! Live what you believe!

 

Written by Michelne Glasson