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Lessening Hopelessness

In Firesides, Thoughts on August 11, 2009 at 2:43 am

There are numerous times in our lives when we feel so bad we think our lives have been cursed with all the adversities this world could ever make someone suffer. I don’t want to recount my personal experience of such because narrating each one would definitely drive all of you away. There is no use dwelling in our past problems. Instead we should be counting all the blessings that we have been enjoying. Trust me when I say that a comprehensive list of all of these blessings won’t be short.

What I do want to share is what have helped me during those trying times. I know that this is not new to everyone. But if someone who’s currently undergoing such dilemma in his life stumbles on this, just like it did to me, I know and I hope, this will lessen the hopelessness that he is suffering.

There is this song composed and written by Rob Gardner entitled My Kindness Shall Not Depart From Thee that I want you to hear (actually, watch).

The first time I heard this song was last September 2008 when I attended a fireside live via satellite in which Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was the speaker. The video you have watched was the last part of that fireside. If you are interested you might want to  listen (MP3, 21.6 MB), watch (WMV, 106 MBMP4, 291 MB) or read (HTML PDF, 292 KB) the whole message of Elder Holland.

Everyone faces trying times. But we must always remember that God haven’t and will never abandon us. Just continue pressing on. Be of good faith and pray always. His kindness will never depart from us.

For all of you using dial-up or slower type of connection you might want to check out the complete words of the song:

For a little while
Have I forsaken thee;
But with great mercies will I gather thee.
In a little wrath I hid my face from thee
For a moment.

But with everlasting kindness will I gather thee,
And with mercy will I take thee ‘neath my wings,
For the mountains shall depart,
And the hills shall be removed,
And the valleys shall be lost beneath the sea,
But know, my child,
My kindness shall not depart from thee!

Though thine afflictions seem
At times too great to bear,
I know thine every thought and every care.
And though the very jaws
Of hell gape after thee I am with thee.

And with everlasting mercy will I succor thee,
And with healing will I take thee ‘neath my wings.
Though the mountains shall depart,
And the hills shall be removed,
And the valleys shall be lost beneath the sea,
Know, my child,
My kindness shall not depart from thee!

How long can rolling waters
Remain impure?
What pow’r shall stay the hand of God?
The Son of Man hath descended below all things.
Art thou greater than He?

So hold on thy way,
For I shall be with thee.
And mine angels shall encircle thee.
Doubt not what thou knowest,
Fear not man, for he
Cannot hurt thee.

And with everlasting kindness will I succor thee,
And with mercy will I take thee ‘neath my wings.
For the mountains shall depart,
And the hills shall be removed,
And the valleys shall be lost beneath the sea,
But know, my child,
My kindness shall not depart from thee!

I hope you were enlightened with this post and by the song. Thanks for sticking around!

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