The only thing worse than suffering

….is being compelled to witness the suffering of someone you love.

Christ has been on both sides of this, and knows exactly how we feel. He literally bore the grief of each one of us as He atoned for our sins, sorrows, trials, and transgressions (Alma 7:11-13). Because of that suffering, He provided a means whereby we might not have to suffer, if we accept the terms of repentance offered to us (D&C 19:16). Unfortunately, we don’t always accept those terms, or at least not right away, and thus we too are subjected to the demands of justice (Alma 42:24). We are forced to face the pain associated with our circumstances, because we have refused the mercy that Christ extends (D&C19:17). He does not abandon us, though. He stays with us, patiently and persistently hoping we will change our minds, open our hearts, and allow Him to heal us (3 Nephi 9:13-14, John 14:18).

It amazes me to think about the innumerable challenges of mortality, the depth of heartache we experience and observe in others, and the immense capacity we have to care for those around us. Then I consider that my capacity to love is just a tiny fraction of what my Savior feels, and I am left in awe and bewilderment.

I have felt the healing power of Christ’s atonement in my own life. And because of that, although I don’t understand how it is possible, I know that He has the ability to help each and every one of us through whatever struggle we are facing. Truly, “I stand all amazed” at the compassion, mercy, and majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world.

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