The Good News!

Brian Johnston christianity, faith, God, grace, Happiness, Jesus, Mormon, plan of salvation, repentance 5 Comments

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You dropped down into this crazy, frenetic, gloomy world; stumble and trip in the darkness, trying to feel your way through the valley of shadows.  Nothing seems to work right.

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You make mistakes, some of which cause deep pains of regret.  If only you had known better …  but then again, how could you have known?  You had to experience it first hand to understand.

People have done wrong to you!  They hurt you.  Where is the justice?  They should be made to pay.  Somehow, an eye for an eye does not satisfy.

Two people are blind now.  The pain remains.

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If only you could go back and become a little child again, innocent, hands and face cleaned up, band aid on your skinned knee, clothes mended, and a warm meal in your belly.  Is there a way to go back in time, hit the cosmic reset button and do that over again?  No.  The road has many lanes, but they all go one direction.

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Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world.

It’s going to be ok.  God knows you are making mistakes.  You are loved.  You are good.  You are totally accepted as you are.  Let go of your anger and your hurt.  Lay down your guilt.  Can you do that?  Do you want to?  The decision is yours when you are ready.  You may have to do this many times.  Don’t let it paralyze you, afraid to continue walking.  Don’t carry that heavy burden like a cross.  Give it to Him.  He will trade you for peace.

Follow the path of the Savior through the valley.  He made it to the other side.  You will get there too.

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    It’s nice to remember this and ponder from time to time. I had one of the moments about a week ago where this basic stuff seemed all fresh and new to me again. I thought I would share.

    I know it doesn’t get the same response as election results and gay marriage. I’m just so boring lately 🙂 I’ll get back in the mood for spicy dishes again.

  2. It would be sad if something this well done didn’t generate as much interest as election results and/or gay marriage.

    At it’s heart, the good news is that the universe really isn’t such a scary place after all. Justice actually exists, with a merciful alternative for the repentant, and life really does have meaning.

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    The term “Good News” really seems like a foreign language sometimes in Mormonism. It’s not one we use as often as we should. It is really good news! I think we take it for granted too much sometimes, like this is too basic and assumed, we don’t really need to talk about it.

    The basic things are often the most refreshing. Sure, we can all wrapped up into the tough topics. There is a core message. If it gets old and stale, that says something to us.

    There is hope! There is beauty and light. It’s not way over there ———————> [Valoel points to the horizon]

    It’s all right here, right now.

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