I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears, behold I will heal thee.
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Sunday Sunshine: Feeling the Spirit

I gotta say that church today was very uplifting although it usually always is. Today our Sunday School lesson was about service. I know I posted a little while ago about service so I will try to NOT repeat myself.

The topic of genuine service to the sick and needy really fills my heart up with emotions. I have been on the receiving end of some amazing service and generosity. We discussed how service blesses and helps everyone involved. Every day I am alive,
I feel the love from everyone that helped, donated, and supported me through letters and cards. Service is a pure form of love. Service given makes us feel the spirit and the recipients of service are touched by the spirit.

I am not sure how many people really ponder serving those in need through physical needs, financial needs or spiritual needs. When we pray for help from our Heavenly Father. . . .he sends it in the form of service. I didn't know how we would ever afford to pursue a transplant, we didn't have much. I prayed for a way, I prayed for help, I prayed for guidance. He called upon many to be that answer to my prayers. So many wonderful miracles and so much spiritual service, physical service and financial service was so compassionately given to me. Service is such a special thing to be a part of that the feeling we get when giving or receiving it never leaves us. I know I will never forget it.

So when we are given the opportunity to give or be given service, I have learned to be thankful, you never know if your service is an answer to someone else' prayer.
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1 comment:

Hanging out with the Riley's said...

I know I learned a lot about how service can heal and open doors. I hope to carry this with me in all I do. If a family with children can donate hundreds of dollars during Christmas to a stranger I can learn to mow my neighbors lawn or help out when needed. Thank you for your sacrifice so I could learn. Love you!

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