Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Yes, my friends, the blog break is officially over.
The muscles on this old bag of backbones are still a bit touchy, but I’ve picked up most of my regular activities again and will just sort of let the remaining kinks work themselves out as best they can. I like to give this kind of thing a few days of complete rest and then get moving again before stiffness sets in. Seems like these back complaints can take on a life of their own, if you let them.
Needless to say, I missed every one of you, but I did put my mornings off to good use last week. Having an additional hour or so for scripture study took me to some interesting places, and I feel renewed and refreshed by the extra time spent in spiritual pursuits. In fact, I am raring to go! (Do you think those green smoothies play a part in that as well?) I do believe they are agreeing with me.
At any rate, the weekend was uplifting, with a wedding that was sure to set any sagging spirit soaring. My husband (the bishop of a young, single adult congregation) and I are privileged to witness many of these beautiful occasions, and I am always grateful to be in the room when young couples look into each other’s eyes with love and tenderness, exchanging the eternal vows that will keep them a family forever. As Saturday’s sealer said so wisely, “I am here today to perform a temple marriage, but whether it is a celestial marriage will be entirely up to you.” Happily, I'm convinced that all our wonderful couples who got married this summer will forge celestial marriages over the years. My wish for them is that they will learn to find joy in the good times and in the not-so-good times…and that they will come to appreciate both sides of that coin as part and parcel of life on earth. While this path we're on can become awfully steep and rocky, there's no denying that the views are great, with more than a few rest stops along the way. Indeed, our sojourn through mortality is guaranteed to be everything we need it to be. I guess that’s why we ALL get the full package: the blessings, the battles, and the back pain!
PS. Saturday's General Relief Society meeting was one of the best ever, and President Uchtdorf’s talk about literal and figurative forget-me-nots went above and beyond. Which is just where I like to go…
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
I'm home from my Southern California fantasy vacation (visiting my grandkids), but I'm sorry to report that I somehow wrenched my back in the midst of it all. To tell the truth, this old bag of bones is pretty sore, so I will spend most of today icing and resting the injury in hopes that I'll be ready for tonight, when we will welcome my husband's singles ward for dinner, darts, and ping pong. The good news is that our son Ryan will be driving down from San Francisco to lend a hand with the BBQing and whatever else needs doing. What a guy!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
It's Saturday Centus time again! I've been attending yet another wedding and am now running out to a baptism, but I didn't want to let this weekend go by without remembering 9/11 and its significance to each one of us and our nation. I hope all of you will forgive me for going over 100 words, but I needed a few more to express the thoughts of my heart. The prompt, as always, is in red.
©2011 Susan Noyes Anderson
Mother, may I ask why God allows such awful things?
Surely His hand could stay the devastation terror brings.
He made the mighty waters and the vast, eternal skies;
no living creature falls to earth unseen before His eyes.
His hand has power to heal and bless and save; then why the pain?
How could a Lord who loves His children let this evil reign?
If God can save us all, why did 3,000 die in vain?
All men are free to choose, and choose they must for good or ill,
yet consequence leaves ripples that extend beyond our will.
God's power to save is limitless, in heaven and on earth;
through Him, each living thing fulfills the measure of its birth.
The victory Christ won for us transcends this world of tears
and raises us beyond the reach of present foes and fears.
Trust Him, my child; all things will be restored when He appears.