With all the craziness of the news updates, the rush on the grocery stores, the closures going on, and the updates on the Coronavirus spreading it felt almost impossible to feel a sense of peace…and then Sunday came…
Our church had put out a notification last week that our regular Sunday services were not being held at our meetinghouse due to the Coronavirus and instead we were instructed to worship in our own homes. My children and grandchildren came over in their Sunday clothes and together as a family we gathered together in our living room and we held our own Sacrament service.
I can’t describe in words the incredible feeling of peace I felt sitting in that room with my family around me. We started our Sacrament meeting off by singing an opening song, I Am A Child Of God. My little two year old Grandson Flynn sang along to the words and several of us had tears streaming down our cheeks before we got to the end of the song because the Spirit in the room was so strong. Next my son-in-law offered an opening prayer and then we sang the hymn In Humility Our Savior and then my husband and my son blessed and passed the Sacrament to each of us. Following that I shared a spiritual thought and then each of us took a moment to bear our testimony of the Savior. Then we closed by singing the song Families Can Be Together Forever and my daughter said a closing prayer.
As I said before, it would be almost impossible for me to explain with words the feeling of peace that filled our home today. At a time of great turmoil and uncertainty in the world, we felt a sense of calm, and overwhelming gratitude for the knowledge that as we turn our hearts to the Savior we will receive the guidance we need to navigate us through these uncertain times.
All of us have been given a rare opportunity for the next several weeks during this period of lockdown where we can do as this one minute 45 second video below so beautifully suggests – we can “slow down and listen, not with our ears, but with our hearts.”
~Amy Rees Anderson (author of the newly released book “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel in Business & Life” )