Friday, November 14, 2008

November 7th . . .

7. When you suffer a tragedy, be grateful for the life you still have. I’ve recently lost an aunt, and my children recently lost a grandmother. These tragedies can be crippling if you let them overcome you. And while I’m not saying you shouldn’t grieve — of course you should — you can also take away something even greater from these tragedies: gratitude for the life you still have. Appreciation for the fleeting beauty of life itself. Love for the people who are still in your life. Take this opportunity to show appreciation to these people, and to enjoy life while you can.

Although what he says is done in a positive and meaningful way, what an example of the difference that we have in our knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. As Latter-day Saints there is a comfort that we have that takes us being gratitude for the life we still have, when we lose a loved one. We are grateful for the opportunity that we know we will have to be with our families again, and to spend eternity with the loved ones that for this time are lost to us.