Leading up to Christmas – Day 19

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3 Nephi 1:8

“But behold, they did watch steadfastly for that day and that night and that day which should be as one day as if there were no night, that they might know that their faith had not been vain.”

They did “watch steadfastly”.  I would also be wondering how He is going to make the night as bright as day.  I’d be excited to see that.  But I wonder if, as it got closer, I’d start to doubt.  How steadfast am I?  “Watch” is an action word.  They weren’t just waiting.  They were watching.  Their faith was strong.  The prophet said it and they had prayed to get their own witness of the truth.  Sometimes it seems unbearable to “endure to the end”.  I think back to when I was married to a drinking, and then recovering, alcoholic.  Recovery seemed as trying as the drinking because he wasn’t getting the hang of it.  I attended my Al-Anon meetings so that I could also recover from the effects of the disease.  He had to do his own work and I needed to stay out of it.  Many times repeating the Serenity Prayer got me to fall asleep: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.  God did deliver me from that relationship but not until I learned what I needed to learn.  I got into that mess and He led me out.  That experience gave me new perspective for subsequent challenges in my life.

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