I woke up the other morning with what I thought was quite a profound thought.
I enjoy reading books on Near Death Experiences (NDE’s). I have read several of them and I’m in the process of reading one right now. One of the things that you will find in common when reading about NDE’s is that each one felt an expression of an overwhelming feeling of being loved beyond anything they remember feeling on this earth before. I love hearing that, but I wonder if I really understand even remotely the feeling they experienced.
I love my family. I love my husband, I love my children. I love and enjoy doing many things….. but do I really know what an overwhelming feeling of love is? I’m sure you can all relate to having those moments when you feel the love for someone so much and so strongly that it kind of consumes you. You feel a rush of energy coming from you heart and you can’t feel anything but blissfully happy. Isn’t it an extraordinary feeling?
Now…. I imagine, if we take the most profound feeling of love we have felt for someone and times it by a gazillion…. we might have an inkling of an idea of the kind of overwhelming love that someone talks about when they try to describe what they felt during an NDE.
EVERY book I have read about NDE’s say there are no words in our language as we know it to explain what they experienced. Things are different over there. We are in a different ‘realm’ and don’t experience time the same way we do here.
When I woke the other morning I was thinking about what I had read in the book the night before and the scripture in John 13: 34 came to mind: A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
I think most of us are pretty familiar with that scripture. In the LDS church, we have a short sweet beloved song based on that scripture, so it’s reiterated in our minds quite frequently.
As I have loved you, Love one another
This new commandment, love one another
By this shall men know, ye are my disciples
If ye have love, one to another
If we are commanded to ‘love one another as I have loved you’, and we REALLY don’t understand his infinite love for us…. then I wonder how much more intense our love will be for others when we ‘get it’? When no longer have to fight the physical body and the natural man and it’s just our spirits communicating…. what will it feel like? No words to describe it I suppose.
Yet… with all the capacity we can give in our mortal state to love, it’s still really an intense feeling for the here and now. And it’s the best we can give… for now.
I guess my ‘profound’ thought was, that as much as I feel that intense love for my loved ones… I truly can’t comprehend what my Heavenly Father and Savior feel for me! It just kind of hit me to think of their love for me being so much more intense than I can even comprehend or feel my my loved ones.
All I can do for now is do my best to love everyone. It’s a daily job to pay attention to what we are thinking of others. It’s so easy to criticize and not remember that Heavenly Father and our Savior love them just as much as he loves me! That’s what we are put here in this life to do. To learn to love all mankind. If you read books about NDE’s you will find that that is the message that they all bring back…. we are here to love each other, that’s the most important lesson you can learn in this lifetime.
It’s really not so hard to be kind and helpful. It’s the least we can do. But it is much easier to do when we begin by loving ourselves. Then we can pay that love forward to others.
I Am Grateful! How Are You?