Sometimes

Sometimes we have to break out to see,
Sometimes the painful path sets us free.
Sometimes the blows that make us bend,
Lead us to a happy end.

Sometimes the girl who is lost and scared,
Needs to be broken to be repaired.
Sometimes the Master sends sharp light,
To break us free and set things right.

Sometimes the chance to construct your place,
Is a refining path of trials and grace.
Sometimes the answer is a mouth full of dirt,
To taste the sweet you have to hurt.

Sometimes eternity holds your everything,
Because you felt a bitter sting.
Sometimes beauty and pain intertwine,
Sometimes you are shattered before you shine.

 Written by Michelene Glasson

I feel a tender connection to Saul, Alma, Alma the younger and Almulek.  The story of turning to Christ after wandering far from him is mine.  I am so grateful for the examples of these great and noble disciples of God.  I see the power of the atonment in each of their stories and it fills me with joy!  I wanted to include a small portion of Saul's story today.  His is a story of sharp light bringing a beautiful transformation.  I rejoice in the King of Kings who makes every sacred transformation possible! 

Acts 9

1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

 

"I had a prayer in my heart, but still I began to sink. As I was going down for what could have been the last time, the Lord infused into my mind and heart a deep feeling of love for a very special person. It was as though I could see and hear her. Even though she was 8,000 miles away, the power of that love came rushing across those miles and, penetrating time and space, reached down and pulled me up—lifted me from the depths of darkness, despair, and death and brought me up to light and life and hope. With a sudden burst of energy I made it to shore, where I found my shipmates. Never underestimate the power of true love, for it knows no barriers."

True Love

 

The friend that had the courage to help me awake,

Also had the courage to point out my mistake.

The friend that helped me transform dark to light,

Added strength to me as I stood forth to fight.

 

The friend who brought tuff love was my needed blow,

He struck at me heart and helped heal my soul.

The friend who cared enough to tear down my wall,

Was the friend who helped me learn to stand tall.

 

The friend that I kept by being meek in heart,

Is now the path on which I start.

Sometimes we face a fork in the road,

Where we can put down sins heavy load.

 

Not easy or quick, but a journey divine,

God sends us a friend who will help us shine.

His grace is sent out with care to all,

But you have to hearken and heed His call.

 

In the love of a new friend who is willing to try,

You can gain the courage to break from a lie.

True love can change eternity,

It can bring new life and set you free!

 

Written by Michelene Glasson

 

We each have a choice when God reaches out.  We can humble ourselves and turn from sin or we can walk away.  He sends friends to help guide us back to Him but respects our agency.  He will not force us to joy.  We have to chose to repent and follow Him.  The song below, How To Save A Life makes me think of the Nephi and his brothers. He was, "grieved for the hardness of their hearts." He reached out to his brothers time after time trying to save them from spiritual death.  But his noble and loving example was rejected and finally he was warned by the Lord to, "depart from them and flee into the wilderness."  His brothers wanted to kill him.  The friend that was reaching out with love and light was the gift they refused.  I think of the Savior when I picture Nephi's heavy steps as he walked away from part of his family.  I can hear Christ's sad lament, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!"  

When Aaron testified of Jesus Christ and taught the plan of salvation, to Lamoni's father he was touched deeply and responded with these beautiful words, "O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day."  May each of us echo his faithful and meek response.  It is our willingness to let go of the world and cleave unto God that enables the transormation of going from dark to light.  I rejoice in the Savior of the world who atoned for my sins and enabled me to be transformed.  I rejoice in the beauty of all I see as I walk in the light of His matchless love!

Spinning with Joy

Someone once asked me, why do you spin?
Why do you wear such a bright happy grin?
I answered quickly, it is my Savior in me,
I spin and I smile because I am free.

Once heavy cords held me down,
But now I rejoice as I seek for my crown.
My soul feels the miracle of hope you see,
That's why there is spinning and smiles in me.

The truth of Jehovah is written within,
I rejoice in the One who freed me from sin.
I celebrate the miracle of my spiritual rebirth,
I can't help but spin when I think of my worth.

I stretched my hand out and smiled with care,
Come now my friend and together well share.
I pulled out my scriptures and we began to read,
The story given by Alma about God's seed.

We finished and I looked my new friend in the eye,
You see it's the seed, I gave heaven a try.
Nourishing the goodness of all I found,
I ended up smiling and spinning around!

Joy is the beauty of following my Lord,
I feel peace and hope as I live by His word.
The path of my covenants is bright, fun and clear,
I move along it spinning and smiling with cheer.

We all have a choice this much I know,
You have to be good if you want to grow.
Take now your seed and nourish it with care,
For God has so much He is eager to share.

I promise with effort you will come to see,
The sweet fruit of spinning you've witnessed in me.
My new friend departed my Book of Mormon in hand,
And I spun one more time, feeling life was quite grand!

Written by Michelene Glasson

 

My Sisters

 

A shout out for the girls and women of light,
A shout out to the daughters that do what's right!

My hat off for the women who sacrifice each day,
My thanks to every sister who lifts along the way.

My smile for the daughters who follow their dear King,
My sisters I am amazed by the joy you bring.

I see the Savior's light in you,
The world is brightened by all you do!

 

Written by Michelene Glasson

 

My Heart

 

At the heart of every action is my reason why,

The love I feel moves me to try.

At the heart of all I hold safe inside,

Is the answer of why I will abide.

The storm fierce the battle near,

At the heart of my soul I feel God here.

One name answers every hit I take,

My heart His love, I will not break.

My Master calls me to victory,

I carry safe His name in me.

The darts as fire are extinguished and fall,

Every time I answer the Master’s call.

 

Written by Michelene Glasson

 

"Behold, he changed their hearts; yea, he awakened them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto God. Behold, they were in the midst of darkness; nevertheless, their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word; yea, they were encircled about by the abands of death, and the bchains of hell, and an everlasting destruction did await them." Alma 5:7

As an Eagle

 

Taking flight as an eagle I soar,

Feeling hope I move toward more.

The wind and rain cannot still my flight,

My wings your grace I move toward light.

 

You renew me and I fly with love,

I feel you here in the heavens above.

My view the beauty of mercy divine,

Great Jehovah with joy I call you mine!

 

The sun upon me, your warmth to heal,

Your strength and beauty is sacred and real.

 As an eagle I soar to all I can be,

My God, my Redeemer you live in me!

 

Written by Michelene Glasson

 

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31