written by guest blogger April M.
There are many emotions I’ve been privileged to experience in my 44 years. Among these are desperate sorrow, crushing fear, overpowering joy, and indescribable peace! Through this I have learned one truth: sorrow and fear can be erased and replaced with joy and peace! This miracle is accomplished through the Atonement of Jesus Christ!
A friend once taught me about the beauty of this miracle, using an analogy. She compared our access to the blessings of the Atonement to something each of us does – grocery shopping! The blessings, or “goods,” we desire are available for us at a figurative “store”, as follows:
Our Elder Brother has paid the FULL price for every item in the store we desire! Everything we want is 100% off! He spent His money for our goods and they are now free for us to enjoy! But – we must make an effort to get them. We must grab our keys and get in the car. We must drive to the store. We must push the shopping cart. We must remove the items from the shelves. We must fearlessly tell the cashier the items have already been paid for. Then, we go home, supplied with all we need!
Let’s take a look at what this truly means:
Jesus Christ already atoned for our sins, paying the price for every sin that every one of us will make! He knew that we would never be able to fully pay the debt required to purchase salvation so He paid it for us! But we must do OUR PART to access His wonderful gift. It requires effort.
We must “grab our keys and get in the car.” – Get on our knees and offer a heartfelt prayer!
We must “drive to the store.” – Plead to our Father in Heaven that the Holy Atonement may be applied in our behalf!
We must “push the shopping cart” – Promise to change! We must push through the temptation with our eyes focused on Christ and trust in Him to pull us through it!
We must “remove the items from the shelves” – Forgive ourselves! Have courage! Commit!
We must “fearlessly tell the cashier the items have already been purchased” – BELIEVE that the Savior has the power to cleanse us! We must HAVE FAITH!
Then, we “go home, supplied with all we need.” – We let go of fear and sorrow, knowing that Jesus Christ has made us whole!
“Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price. …Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance.” (2 Nephi 26: 25, 27)
I know that the healing blessings of Christ’s Holy Atonement are real. I have experienced them. I could not survive without them. I know that Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to not only live again, but to live – HAPPILY!