Monday, April 9, 2012

Joy in Christ

At Luke's funeral I chose to sing The Lord is My Light as the opening hymn. I sang this song resolutely and with joy because I knew that its words are true

1. The Lord is my light; then why should I fear?
By day and by night his presence is near.
He is my salvation from sorrow and sin;
This blessed assurance the Spirit doth bring.
The Lord is my light;
He is my joy and my song.
By day and by night he leads,
He leads me along.
2. The Lord is my light; tho clouds may arise,
Faith, stronger than sight, looks up thru the skies
Where Jesus forever in glory doth reign.
Then how can I ever in darkness remain?
3. The Lord is my light; the Lord is my strength.
I know in his might I’ll conquer at length.
My weakness in mercy he covers with pow’r,
And, walking by faith, I am blest ev’ry hour.
4. The Lord is my light, my all and in all.
There is in his sight no darkness at all.
He is my Redeemer, my Savior, and King.
With Saints and with angels his praises I’ll sing.

It might seem strange that I could be so joyful at a funeral, but my conviction that these words are true overpowered any gloom of not having my son right now. "Where Jesus forever in glory doth reign. Then how can I in darkness remain?" I know Christ has provided a way for me to be able to live with God and with my son again one day. There is so much joy in that!

In a previous post I mentioned how Easter is my favorite holiday. I love the simplicity of this video as it depicts the complexity of what happened to Jesus Christ.

The words of the Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, speak to my heart: "In our hour of deepest sorrow, we can receive profound peace from the words of the angel that first Easter morning: 'He is not here: for he is risen.'" (April 2010 General Conference Address)

What a magnificent thing which brings cause for rejoicing!

Even though Easter is just one day, the message and meaning of that day is at the forefront of my mind every day--especially as I am rejuvenated by the spring sun, my blooming flowers, and the blissful chirps of little birds. The new life found in Spring testifies daily of Christ and His Resurrection.


  1. What a beautiful video... thank you for sharing. And I love your last paragraph. What a wonderful way to look at life! I try to do that as well - it brings so much peace to have Him and His message of resurrection, hope, and salvation in your thoughts.

  2. I absolutely love that hymn. One of my very favorites. Mmmm - it makes me feel warm just thinking about it. A truly inspired song. I love that you sang it at Luke's funeral. Thanks for this post. It made my heart happy.