Saturday, May 19, 2012

My Son, My Daughter

by Sarah Baker

In Doctrine and Covenants 121:1-6, the Prophet pleaded with the Lord regarding the suffering of the Saints, and asks, “O GOD, where art thou?”

What were the first words the Lord used to comfort Joseph?

He said: “My son, peace be unto thy soul;” (D&C 121:7)

He could’ve said, “Joseph, peace be unto thy soul”, or “Thou art a prophet”, but He decided to remind Joseph of their relationship, that he is His son, and then promised him peace.

It reminded me of the account of the woman with the issue of blood, where the Savior responded to her touch by saying:

“Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” (Luke 8:48).

The Bible Dictionary says under the heading of ‘Prayer’: “As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are his children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship”.

I hope that if you don’t feel the closeness of this relationship that you will ask God in prayer to remind you, and I have no doubts that He will. We are loved, we are His children, and He promises us peace.