Thursday, June 07, 2012
princess of china - revised
and he's right. it's a mortal world. things shift and change all the time. constantly. but we are immortal spirits and deep in us, there is a longing for the peace of eternal permanence in the things that are of greatest importance.
i know that things change. i accept that nothing really stays the same. f.h.e. group 2 is no more. we don't gather around to cheer for jack bauer on monday evenings anymore. movie nights followed by rock band followed by a midnight ihop run are gone. i play mario kart by myself now.
that's ok. i was fortunate to have those times and i'm grateful for them and their memories and life goes on. i trust that good things will come again. the church even put out a really great message about it that i posted here a year and a half ago. but while releasing ourselves from attachment to things brings with it a zen-like calm, i don't think that the whole point of life is to be continually giving good things up.
people are what matter. everything else in this world is corruptible and will pass away. but when we move to a new city, we still keep in touch with our closest friends and family. sometimes, the distance makes us realize the value of that relationship and we put for new effort to ensure that it will grow stronger and endure.
but the relationships that matter most to us, we want those to last forever. the thought of losing those we love most, of having to "let them go", is unthinkable: and that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy. so taught the Lord in modern revelation. and that is one of the great blessings of the gospel: that we don't have to give up the person that matters most to us, but that we can stick with them wherever life takes us, through the valleys and over the mountaintops.
eternal marriage. to be with the person you love and to never have to let them go. to know that you are together and that you've said "let's do this." that with all of the changes and shifting of life, when everything else comes into our lives then again leaves, to not have to say goodbye to your best friend, to get to keep the person you love that most, that sounds pretty dang to me. it's the teaching of the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints that it is the most important thing we can do in this life, but it also just makes sense.