SOS: Sacred Support We Owe
I read this phrase in the scriptures the other day. It was spoken by Moroni, (painted above) who was the righteous leader of an army who was defending their families, their country, and their freedoms from those who wanted to take those gifts away. He says, when commanding the enemy leader to make a covenant of peace,
“I command you, in the name of that all-powerful God, who has strengthened our arms that we have gained power over you, by our faith, by our religious, and by our rites or worship, and by our church, and by the sacred support which we owe to our wives and our children, by that liberty which binds us to our lands and our country; yea, and also by the maintenance of the sacred word of God, to which we owe all our happiness; and by all that is most dear unto us–
“Yea, and this is not all; I command you by all the desires which ye have for life, that ye deliver up your weapons of war unto us, and we will seek not your blood, but we will spare your lives, if ye will go your way and come not again to war against us.”
I love the strength of character and action that I feel when I read those verses. This is not a wimpy man. This is a father, a husband, a leader who knows what he stands for and what needs to happen. And he is doing something about it! (I wish we had some government leaders like Moroni right now.)
But it wasn’t about fathers that I was thinking when I read this recently. What I felt when I read those words “sacred support” was actually about being a wife and mother. The words stuck with me.
I started to think about how what I do is “sacred support.” I thought about it as I went through the activities of each day.
When I worked to help make dinner, when I listened to a child learn to pray, when I drove lunch to my husband so that he wouldn’t be hungry all day, when I invited a child to share his testimony, when I got up in the morning to help get children off to school even when I was so tired, when I served when it inconvenienced me and when a child was acting unpleasantly– if let go of negative feelings that wanted to darkly color my thoughts, I could feel the sacredness. I felt an increase in reverence in my daily living, sensing in a very real way that I am a partner with God in accomplishing the most important work there is to do on earth.
It was internally tangible.
I know our roles as wife and mother and our husbands’ roles as husband and father are sacred. They come from God. They are something so special that when we don’t treat them lightly, we feel that reverence. We feel the power of God assisting us as we work to do our best in these roles.
Feeling that several times this week has really increased my sense of peace and happiness.
That is job satisfaction.