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Jesus WeptI watched the most recent episode of Two Brothers Two this weekend. (If you haven’t seen it before, you can find it here.)

In this family, the oldest brother Sam has battled with depression and has tried to find ways to deal with it on his own.  He learned to manage it really well; however, while serving a mission in Chili, he found that it became really hard not to feel sad, when you love the people.  To really love someone you feel with them. When you feel with someone and hardships that they are going through, it can be heartbreaking.

I said goodbye yesterday, to a sweet little boy who stayed at our house for a week.  I grew to really care about him, and now that he is gone, I worry about him.  I feel sad thinking of the trials that he has been through, and knowing that there will be more for him.  I pray for him. I cry for him…

I wonder how hard it must be for our God to look out at all of his children, and see the cruelties of man to each other.  To see them struggle with physical illnesses.  To see them battle the demons of mental illness.  To watch some people just fight to survive, in finding adequate food or shelter.  To just watch people deal (or not deal) with their addictions, and how it hurts the family members that are involved.

I know the pain that I felt when this little boy was taken to another home, because I no longer have any way to help him or teach him.  Knowing how hard it is for me, just a mom, worried about a child who is not my own, I can’t imaging how hard it is for God, who loves us all with more complete love than we even understand.

But there was something that Sam mentioned in the video I watched.  It was that Jesus Wept.  He felt with those that were in pain.

The perfect example of manhood, the perfect example of self-mastery and self-control, wept.”

As I weep because of not knowing how this child will fair, Christ wept with his friends, not out of worry for the future, but out of empathy and compassion for how they were feeling.

As I struggled with my sadness and thought about how God can deal with this sadness, I came to realize something. When God and Jesus Christ see tragedies and pain and heartbreak in this world, they don’t have to just sit back and do nothing, the way I have to with this little child. They can send help. And they do send help. In the form of angels and other people on this earth. The little nudging of the spirit will let us know when we need to help another person in need. If we choose to follow Christ, and have the desire to do His will, we can be a part of the bigger plan.

Alma taught that as people desire to come unto the fold of God, they

are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God… Mosiah 18:8-9

We aren’t meant to be here alone. We aren’t meant to suffer alone and leave others to suffer alone.  Part of our purpose on this earth is to learn as much as we can about God and the Gospel fo Jesus Christ, but it is also to help others of God’s children as they try to navigate this sometimes very difficult life.

I am grateful that I was able to play a small part in the life of this little boy as he was going through a difficult trial. And I am grateful for the sadness and tears, that help me to understand a little bit of how God feels when He sees us hurt, and be reminded that He is relying on us to support each other.  To bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light.

I found this video on my Facebook feed yesterday and I felt like it explains even more of what I have been thinking.

We are here on the Earth for each other.  As children of God, I hope that we can all look to each other and help each other a little more. We are all special and we each deserve that love and compassion.  —  Laura

1 Comment

  1. Arnold Miller

    Moved m to tears
    Thank you for your insight and willingness to share it with the world.

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