Sun - Nov 25, 2007 : 09:44 pm
Another Wonderful Sabbath
Sitting here before I begin this entry, I have to sit and sigh... A sigh of gratitude.
Today has been a Sabbath of great spiritual confirmations of simple truths.
While reading this entry, I suggest you click the "play" icon button in the upper right-hand corner of this entry window. Instead of playing the usual Enemy Territory : Quake Wars, I decided to sing. I recorded one of my favorite hymns and, for better or worse, allowed you to hear it.
I started out my day by warming up my vocal cords for the sacrament quartet I was to partake of. Ryan Anderson, Spencer Pope, Bishop Steve Harward and I sang a beautiful arrangement of Because I Have Been Given Much, and it went beautifully.
During Marriage and Family class, we learned about Marital Unity, and had a great discussion on how equality in marriage doesn't necessarily equate to marital unity. Marriage partners aren't supposed to be "equal". This is very obvious when taking into account that it is impossible for men to give birth. Although it be not the only reason men and women aren't equal, it is one of the un-refutable examples of the basic inequality. Husband and wife have very different roles within marriage, and each marriage is radically different. The one thing which can be said of marriage without restraint or question is that all marriages should be striving toward perfect unity. Enough said about that.
Priesthood class was taught by Richard Harrison, and as always, he did a wonderful job. He talked about our thoughts leading toward our actions, and the inability of our actions to be hypocritical concerning our thoughts. What we think about, we eventually do. What we do comprises who we are.
At the end of the class, Richard asked if I would relate to the class the story I had told in our family and marriage class. I told him I would be happy to.
I then told how yesterday and the day previous, I had spent the majority of every hour during the day in service to my wife. I didn't really care about decorating the house, although I appreciate it. I don't really care about cutting down a Christmas tree, but I know my wife does. So, I spent most of the past two days doing things for her.
At the end of yesterday, I was ..... done. I didn't want to do anything but veg out, playing my wonderful video game, and as I was heading away, Sarah asked me to do one last thing. I don't even remember what it was.
I turned to her and let her know my feelings. I was done. I was going to do stuff for me during the last hours of the day.
She must have seen the exhuastion in my face, because after saying so, she looked at me and her demeanor changed.
She smiled at me, came closer, gently took my hands in hers and told me in the sweetest voice I've ever heard, "Jason, thank you so much for doing what you've done the past two days. It means the world to me. Go do whatever you need to, it's alright. I'll take care of the last few things."
The words Sarah said had a very unexpected and very profound effect on me, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
You see, I really was exhausted. I needed to have some "Jason" time, and I needed it badly.
What Sarah said was like unto a spiritual, mental, and emotional adrenaline shot. Those words, at the very time they were spoken, were driven like a healing balm to my selfish needs, and they went straight to my heart. I've never felt such a personally profound effect of words in my life. 10 seconds of spoken words were as healing, soothing, relaxing, and rejuvinating as a full day of doing fun "Jason" stuff would have been.
It really was amazing.
Anyway... I related that story in Priesthood, and all went well.
I then came home and took a nap! It was glorious.
I then went to the church ward choir practice and spent an hour singing more. (I'm really excited to perform the songs we're practicing for Christmas).
I then came home, broke my weekly fast, and had the most scrumptuous pot-roast and mashed potato dinner, I think I've ever had (although, I've had a lot of those dinners in my lifetime).
I then spent some time with the kids and family, put the kids to bed, sang and recorded the song "How Firm A Foundation", and then began typing in my journal!
And that's that!
A simply wonderful day to be alive, today was. Thanks to a loving God who sees fit to let me know just how much He is aware of me and how much He loves me.
Time to head off to bed in a bit. Looking forward to a wonderful day tomorrow!