Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
We live in a world that is a mess! Anyone who watches the evening news will agree. Local, national, and world events can be shocking, disturbing…even disheartening. What can we do? We have these sweet, young, innocent souls in our homes who we want to teach to trust, hope, and move into the future with confidence. Can we? Can they?
The answer is a resounding YES!
Where I live (Utah), this Friday is a state holiday – Pioneer Day. It commemorates the first pioneers coming into the Salt Lake Valley, and is quite the party in my neck-of-the-woods. The Grand Marshall of the Days of ’47 Parade was interviewed about this event, and what he said has gotten me thinking. Pres. Henry B. Eyring, 1st Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, remarked that he has spent even more time than he had in the past reading the stories of those who came west in preparation for his duties this weekend, and as a consequence of what he read, he will “try to be better.” When asked how he stays positive in spite of the problems in the world today, he replied that God is aware of us. He has gotten us through hard things in the past, and will continue to do so.
It made me smile. Pres. Eyring is right.
Regardless of what we hear on the news, man is not in charge. (I realize that will come as a shock to some.) God is. He will see that His purposes are carried out, and our safety lies is staying true to Him. We can have peace in the midst of trouble, because peace isn’t something that we generate ourselves. Peace comes from He who reigns.
Can we teach our children to trust? Absolutely. Can we move into the future with confidence? Without a doubt. We simply need to follow Him, and teach our children where safety is to be found. Let’s have a party!