Monday, September 16, 2013

Come, come ye saints...

My emotions have been raw and on edge this weekend.  I was feeling overwhelmed about nothing that I could definitively put my finger on.  I am not normally this emotional so I searched my feelings over and over again for what might be triggering this in me.  As I thought of the changes that have been part of my life lately it felt like I had found the source.  All of these changes...shifting in our church responsibilities (a recent release for me and a new calling for Danny), our girls being in school all day long (first time in 11 years I haven't had someone as a companion all day) are probably my two largest changes.  These things on their own are good but together---left me feeling lonely.  If I thought about it logically, it made no sense at all---but in my heart it felt large and cumbersome.  This morning as I drove the girls to school THIS song was playing.

I am sure I have heard this song a thousand times...and this version at least a dozen.  This morning as it played throughout the car it pierced my soul---and I was changed.  My "burdens" were lifted and I truly felt at peace...

Come, come, ye saints, no toil nor labor fear;
But with joy wend your way.
Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.
Tis better far for us to strive
Our useless cares from us to drive;
Do this, and joy your hearts will swell -
All is well! All is well!

Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
'Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward
If we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins; fresh courage take.
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we'll have this tale to tell-
All is well! All is well!

Come Come Ye Saints by William Clayton

Not only did I feel uplifted...I remembered the pioneer experience Danny and I had this summer.  I decided to (FINALLY!) go through the images today.  What a sweet experience we shared with these friends in our neighborhood.   These are amazing people...the leaders that planned, organized and lead...and the youth that, among the blisters, dirt and sun, found an increased faith, appreciation and friendship. 
All is well...all is well~


Tebbs Family said...

GREAT memories! (especially enjoyed seeing the photo of Grayson's 1st dance EVER)... For me, each "stage" of life is both fresh AND raw. I am experiencing another stage myself right now and it is always difficult to adjust to new situations but the shift creates new opportunities to explore as well. You should join me at the Wednesday morning scripture class from 10-11:30 each week. There are lots of benefits to having more flexible, free time :D

heidi Lowe said...

I LOVE those pictures! It is crazy how my emotions from that amazing experience are still so fresh. Give me 2 more years and we can party our day's away together!

Shauna said...

I have felt those same feelings of loneliness lately. Through lots of prayer, I've felt comforted. Also being able to recognize my blessings, has helped too. I love your pioneer pictures....they were amazing people!!!