Throughout my time as a mother, I have often had moments of worry and fear as I think of the state of the world that I am raising my kids in. When I read about the struggle of so many children, families, and people all over the world, it brings me to my knees and I am quickly reminded..
“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 14:26–27).
I often pray and ask God how I can help strengthen my children and bring the light of the Savior more into their lives. One particular time two years ago, I was especially troubled by what I had been reading in the news about teen suicide rates. Very troubled, I prayed and pondered upon how I could help my children and all of God’s children know how needed, important, and crucial they are to God’s plan.— None of us should ever doubt His love for us and our ability as His sons and daughters to fulfill our divine mission on earth and shine His light to the world– the light of our Savior Jesus Christ.
One evening while sitting in the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City, I was gazing at the beautiful painted murals on the walls when the words of this song, “Light Up My Life”, started to pour into my mind and play over and over again. For two hours I heard, “I am one drop in the sea, one tiny leaf in a forest of trees, one single brush stroke in the grand masterpiece, oh I’m small, I’m simple, I’m me…” When I finally met up with my husband, I quietly sang the words to him in the celestial room, I just couldn’t forget! The next morning, I finished writing the entire song, including the piano music, in one hour. It felt as though someone had opened my mind straight to heaven. For months, every time I played it, it brought tears to my eyes.
This was the message that my children needed to know. This was the message that I needed to share with the world. It is a reminder to all of God’s children that they are loved and needed, an integral part of God’s plan, the “grand masterpiece” that we are ALL a part of.
Yes, it seems that we are growing up in a world full of darkness. The darkness can feel overpowering at times, but to quote Martin Luther King Jr.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
That light and perfect love that will drive out this darkness is found in our Savior Jesus Christ.
“He is the Source of all true light. He is the master of eternal light. He is the Light of the World. And has given His light, the Light of Christ, the light of truth, to everyone. It is a free gift, a glorious divine inheritance that allows each person to distinguish good from evil.”
-Wendy Watson Nelson, The Heavens are Open
It is my prayer that we will all tune in to that light within us, the light that we are inherently given from our Savior Jesus Christ. Please don’t be afraid to share that light with everyone around you. With His light, the darkness cannot remain.
“Light Up My Life” available for download HERE
“He is the Christ” available for download HERE
*Follow this Light the World Calendar to bring light to those around you this Christmas season.
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