Sunday, August 1, 2010

I believe in Christ

I laughed a lot today. I ate well. I watched a storm roll in as the evening approached. I sat on a chair in the backyard while my feet waded in cold water in a kiddie pool. I thought about my day and how I really enjoy going to church on Sundays. I like having the social connections and friendships that can form at church and because of church. But more importantly I need the connection to Christ. Sundays usually bring new perspective, and today was no different. It was the inability to attend church that I thought about. It is hard for me to stay away, to not be near my friends and congregation regularly, and to not hear of the talks and lessons about Christ. I am able to make it there when I am not in the hospital having chemo, not sick from the side effects of chemo, and not counseled to be absent because of my immune system. Thank goodness I have been able to make it some of the time. The sabbath is always a better day when I can partake of the Lord's sacrament, sing hymns, listen to people who testify of the Savior, and be surrounded by those who also believe in Christ. It is kind of like taking a spiritual vitamin; it gets me through the rest of the week and provides nourishment. How empty my life would be without the Savior in it. How grateful I am for Sundays, new perspective, my family and friends, life and the wonders I have beheld... and for Christ, who I know has given everything to me. I believe in Christ.

We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. (First Article of Faith. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)


Emily said...

Wow Sharolyn, I didn't know you had a blog. I'm glad I discovered it. I just read your entries and you are such a strong person. I can't imagine the pain you are going through and it sounds like you are doing it gracefully. We all go through so many different struggles and I wish this was one you didn't have to go through, but I can tell that it is making you stronger. I'm sure you are being prepared for something. Keep it up!

Sharolyn Gabbitas said...

Prepared for something huh?

Well right now it is making me weaker, ever so weak. But yes, probably in the long run I will see some strength of character, or something?! I don't want to fail this one! So I better watch out.

Thanks for all the encouragement.