For the Beauty of the Earth

One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday morning is listening to Music and the Spoken Word with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (lovingly referred to by me and others as the MoTabs).  Sometimes I have a hard time just listening without actually watching it too.  Why?  Well… not only do I know several members of the choir and I like to look for them…. but quite often during a song they show some of the most beautiful cinematography of nature!

The pictures they capture are stunning!  I’m left in wonder and awe of the beauty of this Earth.  It makes me want to travel and see these places.  So many of them are perhaps even here in our beautiful mountain home of Utah, but often they are of other places I have never been.  Nature is stunning to me.  When you take the time to really look at what was created by our Heavenly Father, I’m astounded.  Including the life of all things.

It makes me wonder what the beauty of things in the Celestial world must be like!  In my faith, we believe that in the life following this (the Spirit World), there will be 3 Degrees of Glory (Telestial, Terrestrial, Celestial)  in which we may live based on our righteous living here on this Earth.  (See Doctrine and Covenants 76: 50-113).  While I believe that our surroundings will be beautiful in ALL of those degrees, I feel that each degree will be much more beautiful than the next.

We believe that the state we are living in here on this Earth now is the Telestial state of Glory.  If things are so stunningly beautiful in this state as we see them now, can you even imagine how beautiful things must be in the Celestial state?  It’s almost unfathomable to me!  What a wonderful experience to look forward to!

Today’s broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word was wonderful.  Beautiful songs and a wonderful message about loving and supporting those we love.  I was struck in particular by one song they sang today.  It’s a song I’m familiar with because I love musical theater.  But, as I listened to the words as they sang them today, it made me think of it in a different way.  Since my mind was on the beauty of the cinematography and how much more beautiful nature will be in the after life, I thought how the words to this song can be applied to us.

The song is “Come To My Garden” from The Secret Garden.  The song is sung by Lily, the mother of Collin, who passed away at his birth. Without going into more explanation of the story (perhaps you’ve read the book or seen the musical), let me just say that I want you to read the lyrics to the song in this way:   Read the words as though the words Lily sings are being sung by your Heavenly Father to you, and the words Collin sings are you singing to your Heavenly Father.

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LILY: (Heavenly Father)
Come to my garden, 
Nestled in the hills. 
There I’ll keep you safe beside me. 
Come to my garden. 
Rest there in my arms. 
There I’ll see you 
Safely grown and on your way. 
Stay there in the garden, 
Where love grows free and wild. 
Come to my garden. 
Come, sweet child. 

COLIN: (You)
Lift me up and lead me to the garden, 
Where life begins anew. 
Where I’ll find you, 
And I’ll find you love me too. 

LILY: (Heavenly Father)
Lift me up and lead me to the garden Come to my garden, 
Where life begins anew Rest there in my arms. 
Where I’ll tell you, There I’ll 
where I’ll show you See you safely grown 
A new life, I will live for you. And on your way. 
I shall see you in the garden, I shall see you in my garden, 
Where spring will come and stay. Where love grows free and wild. 
Lift me up and lead me to the garden. Come to my garden, 
Come, sweet day! Come, sweet day!

We all want to return to our Heavenly Father and feel his love and comfort.  I know we will be surrounded by gardens there…. gardens of the like we have never before seen!  Even as beautiful as this world is today, we will be amazed!  I look forward to that day!  I also feel that by surrounding ourselves with beautiful nature today, we can feel his presence  and peace there too.  What a blessing it is to tune into nature and His love.

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?


Grateful to Be Here

One year ago this last month, a wake up call came into my life.  This last year has been quite a journey.  While much of it has not been fun…. I have come through it amazingly well and I am just so grateful to be here!

No one EVER wants to hear the big ‘C’ word!  Not a fun thing…. but it seems it’s so prevalent in our world today.  It comes in many different ways.  Mine, gratefully, was a very curable kind.  But even so…. the diagnosis doesn’t come without some trepidation.

Grateful to Be Here!
Grateful to Be Here!
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Last week, at the ball park after my boys game, I was reminded that it was one year ago in June that we asked all the kids to sit down after the game so we could ‘break it to them gently’.  I’ve never really asked them what was going through their minds at the time.  I know they were worried and concerned.  I do remember when I asked my daughter if she could come over to the boys game that night, knowing that I had been in the Emergency room a few days prior,  she said, “Why?  Are you dying?”  On the night of the game, I didn’t have a diagnosis of what kind of Lymphoma I had…. just that I had it.  The doctor had advised me to wait till the biopsy had been done and I met with the Oncologist to determine what type of Lymphoma it was.  I had said that I could do some research on the internet about it and he suggested that I didn’t.  He said there are so many different kinds of Lymphoma that it will just confuse and possibly even scare me.  He thought it best to wait for a definite diagnosis. So I did.  However…. I know my kids did not!  They did some research online and I think it may have led to a little anxiety in them.

Gratefully…. I was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma.  Even though after some extensive testing it turned out to be Stage 4, I never felt doom and gloom.  I was confident we could kick this one.

My year has been one of many mixed emotions.  I’m so grateful that I was able to maintain a positive attitude and that I had a wonderful support system around me.  Perhaps the most amazing thing to me was that through social media. I was dumbfounded by the love and support that was expressed to me!  Because I made my journey very public through my blog…. I constantly felt the love and support that I needed.

I’m so grateful for friends and family that have seen me through this.   I won’t go into more detail here about my journey.   You can read more about it on this blog under the “When Your Life Hits A Wall” tab.  There are several entries there  that you’ll have to scroll down to read if you want to read about the whole saga.  🙂

I just wanted to express my gratitude for making it through.  For being here! For all the love and support that I felt from everyone, including my Father in Heaven.  Life is wonderful and I still have many years ahead of me.  I know keeping an ‘Attitude of Gratitude” will continue to bless my life and those around me.  Who knew that starting this blog would be such an important part of getting me through this?  Not me… that’s for sure!

You know how you hear to make sure you take to time to tell people you love them?  Well, this is one of those times!  I am so grateful for and love my family, friends, neighbors and even all of you!  You’ll never know just how much.  Thanks for sending me your energy and prayers.  All is well!

I am Grateful!  How are You?