…This series of posts will appear a bit scattered and incomplete. My brain and heart have been processing so much these past few weeks in relation to the Sacredness of Life. These are just a few examples and quotes I’ve connected…
Kara Tippetts – Respect for Life Advocate
Has Terminal Breast Cancer & is mother to 4, wife to a preacher.
“It was a long, hard battle. Words cannot do the battle against cancer justice. We were left weary, broken, but changed. Suffering brought us closer to one another, to Jesus and our community. God has brought me through tremendous trials to prove Himself alone able to give me the strength for this kind of humility.
“It currently appears that I’m headed into another difficult battle. Join me as we seek to live faithfully in the midst of suffering.
“In the brokenness of our unmet expectations of life, will we look for Jesus and His abundant love? Or will we tumble into bitterness and anger that leave us utterly self focused and disappointed by the hard in our story each of us are asked to receive.
“Suffering is not the absence of goodness, it is not the absence of beauty, but perhaps it can be the place where true beauty can be known.”
I used to wake anxious when I heard the patter of feet coming toward my side of the bed, not wanting my sleep interrupted. Now, I hear the gentle patter and rejoice in the opportunity to smother one of my little loves in kisses and snuggles, praying that my love will carry them long past my last breath.”
The Atonement offers us three conditional blessings. We can be (a) forgiven, (b) strengthened, and (c) perfected–on the condition that we participate in those processes.
In terms that apply both to forgiveness and to the other conditional blessings of strengthening and perfecting, Nephi said, “It is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.” Some people think this means the Lord won’t help us until we have totally exhausted ourselves. But the larger doctrinal context makes clear that “after” in this verse means “along with”—His grace is with us before, during, and after, we do all we can.
Said of Kara Tippetts: Teaches us to move away from fear and control and toward peace and grace. Most of all, she draws us back to the God who is with us, in the mundane and the suffering, and who shapes even our pain into beauty.
Reading these women’s words and pondering related gospel principles have taught me:
Refinement in suffering,
Strength in the Atonement,
& Purpose in sacred last moments of mortality