I wish, more than I could say, that I was a great painter. It is my passion, and the fact that I have no skills in that vein is a cruel joke on my ego.
That said, I envision a picture. If I could paint it, I would But I'll simply have to use words as my brushstroke.
Imagine, if you can, a tree - a shining white tree - as described in 1 Nephi 11: 8
I see this beautiful tree, laden with fruit just in the background, a little elevated from your level, as if you (the viewer) have to climb a bit to get to it.. Just in front, I see me. I am walking with great urgency towards the you, my arms outstretched. My face is filled with such joy at the very sight of you. Just a few steps closer is my Beloved bending towards you, with one arm outstretched, prepared to lift you up and onto the level of the beautiful tree.
I'd hope everyone could enjoy and gain peace from such a picture, but it would be no surprise that first and foremost, I would want this to be a reminder that we are here, and will always be here for our family. Dear family, we are here...just like when you were little - Dad helping you climb that seemingly impossible cliff. Me just wanting to hug the stuffin' out of you when you were safe home again. Being a parent/grandparent never changes. We are always seeking our loved ones, calling to them, welcoming and helping them to partake of all the blessings Heavenly Father has to offer.
We are far from perfect - so very, very flawed, in fact - so we can only hope that we are found worthy enough to share this amazing message. We truly find comfort in the knowledge that Heavenly Father loves all of you as much as we do - and MORE! In a world of sorrow and pain, this is the one great truth - love really does ultimately conquer all!
What a wonderful feeling, having this much love to share. I wish I could do this great message justice. I especially hope that whenever we come to mind, it will be this picture that our family sees. We love you so much. We rejoice in you, pray for you, cry with you and ache to know that you truly understand how much you mean to us.
That is my Sunday thought - simple, gushy and really, truly heartfelt.