Be Still

This past weekend we went to Virginia for a wedding (more on that occasion later.) Being just an hour away from home meant of course that a visit to the most wonderful family in the universe was a necessity. It was fun to see them and we had a great time together.

But late Monday night one of our dearest family friends had a heart attack and passed away. I'll never forget the events of that morning. My mom came and told me then I listened as she told each of my sisters the terrible news. The hardest part was cuddling with my 7 year old brother as he cried and tried to understand.

This friend was an amazing lady- talented, sweet, friendly, the biggest BYU fan ever, and funny. Just that afternoon we had gone over to show her my latest quilting project. She told me my stitches were very even (a complete lie) but I will be forever grateful for that last compliment she gave me. She had four children- a missionary in Guatemala, a 16 year old, a 14 year old, and a 9 year old that now have to face life without their sweet mother.

That morning my whole family sat in my parents' bed crying and wondering how this wonderful friend could be gone so soon. The words of the primary song "Families Can be Together Forever" kept running through my mind and I was so grateful that these children could know that because they are an eternal family they will be with their mom again. My dad pulled out his scriptures and read us Psalms 46:10-11, "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge." He reminded us that even when things seem tough and unfair, we can trust Heavenly Father and know that He has a plan. We can have faith in His infinite atonement to comfort us and bring us peace.

I know that our Heavenly Father loves us. I know that it will be terribly hard, but this family will receive the comfort and strength they need. I know that this life is much bigger than the here and now, and that Heavenly Father's plan will make everything okay.


Suzie Soda said...

It has been a hard hard week for all of us but I know especially for your mom. Samantha was her very best friend. I am glad you were there to be with your family. Sorry you had to end your trip on such a sad note. The nest 2 days will be hard too. We all loved Samantha so much. I am glad it is conference this weekend to lift us all up. xoxoxo