The blossoming trees were a good reminder today that there is beautiful evidence of God’s love in our lives, regardless of how badly we sometimes mess things up.
Today I read three chapters of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon. I don’t actually remember a lot of the details. It was a busy day. I spent the morning listening to criminal court cases and it was both educational and sobering.
All I can say is that if I ever start to feel like my life is awful, all I need to do to press reset on my attitude is sit in court for a morning. I sat in criminal court for three hours today. There are a lot of people who have messed up their own lives and the lives of others.
I was present during the sentencing of a serious sex offender. It was one of the most sickening and heartbreaking things I’ve ever heard – to sit and listen while gutwrenching letters from two girls, ages 8 and 9, were read to the judge describing how they had been harmed by this family member. And to hear the anguish when their parents plead for justice pierced my heart.
God bless the dear children and God bless the judges who have to listen day after day and do their best to make wise judgements.
Wherefore, ye shall remember your children, how that ye have grieved their hearts because of the example that ye have set before them; and also, remember that ye may, because of your filthiness, bring your children unto destruction, and their sins be heaped upon your heads at the last day.
Isaiah 1:17 NIV
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.