In Time of Crisis

My friend is in crisis. The anxiety of the situation permeates her life. As I help her carry the burden, it touches mine as well. But in these days of stress, I remember many faith-filled days we’ve shared. We’ve sat on her couch and read scripture together. We’ve talked on the phone and uplifted each other. I’ve taught her, and she’s taught me.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, as I said unto my disciples, where two or three are gathered together in my name, as touching one thing, behold, there will I be in the midst of them—even so am I in the midst of you.

Doctrine and Covenants Section 6:32

So I help her remember these times that felt like this. And watching her persevere, I know such gatherings in His name became her reservoir of faith that she stored unknowingly before this storm.

But even so, her crises does not cease—nor the resulting apprehension and fear. The words I offer sound shallow because they cannot pry away the pain. How grateful I was when my eyes traveled down the page and I could share these promises from the Lord:

Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail. . . Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.

Doctrine and Covenants Section 6: 34, 36

While I have tried to give words of support or strength, the words I say almost don’t even matter; its my ear she wants and someone to steer her to the Lord’s words.

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