Do you think our heavenly parents wander through the heavens in morose agony over their straying children?  I don’t think so.  I know they feel pain, but I honestly can’t picture them living in eternal misery.  Ask yourself why they do not do so, and it will make a difference in your life.

Perspective.  PERSPECTIVE.  That is the answer.  God deals with pain through and by virtue of his infinite and perfect perspective.  He not only knows what we have done and what we are doing, but He also knows what we will do in the future.  If, as the prophets have taught, many who are heirs to the blessings of the covenant made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will either in time or in eternity be reconciled to the covenant family, then all we need to do for the time being is to seek through fasting and prayer for a portion of our God’s perspective – His omni-loving patience, His long-suffering, His ever-open arms, and a glimpse of the big picture.  Such a perspective will not only serve us well here, in the midst of our sufferings, but it will empower our souls and fashion us into the image of our Master, who is the personification and embodiment of charity, or the pure love of Christ.

Robert L. Millet


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