On Monday it rained. It was a refreshing and cleansing rain, a rain that made the earth and our souls feel happy and alive and new.
On Tuesday we walked down the quiet, dark streets in comfortable silence, each of us caught up in the still perfection of that night and in the deepest thoughts of our hearts. We ended at the temple and sat together, taking in the fresh night air and the shining stars and the brilliance and peacefulness of the temple lit up in the darkness.
On Wednesday we sat in the grass discouraged as the time to leave for work came dangerously close and we still hadn’t found the bus we needed to take to get there. A young man walked by just then and in desperation we asked for his help with the directions. Instead, he offered to drive us to work himself, saving us valuable time and money that day.
On Thursday we went to the football game and got to be a part of the card stunt to honor 9/11. We were especially grateful that day for our country, for a place where we are free to worship the God who gave us all we have. Lee Greenwood said it perfectly in his song:
“I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.!”
On Friday we beat our record time riding the seven miles home from work on our tandem bike. And we smiled because that day something impossible became possible.
On Saturday we heard inspiring and life-changing words at a church meeting and felt Heaven.
Today we look back at it all with gratitude overflowing from our hearts at the beauty of life, at the abundant tender mercies that we so often lose sight of. But what is life without those beautiful moments, those moments that exclaim with joy and love that God is real!
Look for those tender mercies this week. They will be there. And when they come, remember Who they came from. Remember His infinite and unconditional love for you. He knows you. Each of you. He knows your name and He knows what you love and He knows what you are going through and He knows what makes you smile. Remember Him this week and thank Him for those beautiful moments in life. Thank Him for all the moments of life.
Love you forever, love you for always, forever and always, our beautiful sisters you’ll be!
Anna and Emily