Living by the scriptures

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

— Psalm 27:14

Sometimes things are not going the way we would like them to go. Circumstances may seem overwhelming. I have a tendency at these times to push myself and try to resolve situations somehow, yet find myself powerless to change things.

During one of those troubled days I knelt in prayer and took out my scriptures and was led to Psalm 27. Sometimes, as much as we would like to "fix" a bad or sorrowful situation, it is not ours to fix. It must be placed in the hands of One who knows all things; and we must wait on Him.

Not long after finding this scripture, my husband and I were planning to spend Christmas Day without any of our family members present. We decided we would celebrate our Savior's birth with music and a nice dinner and prayers of thanksgiving, although we would not be with our children and grandchildren.

Instead, my husband, who works as a volunteer at the hospital, received a call asking if he could take the front desk on Christmas Day. The hospital did not have enough volunteers for the day. My husband and I decided to both spend the day at the hospital helping where we could. We took turns visiting patients who were too ill to go home for Christmas. A nice dinner was served, which we ate with the staff.

Talk about waiting on the Lord. We felt it was the best place for us to be, to celebrate Christmas by serving at the hospital.

— Joan B. Zizka, Sanford, Maine.

"Living by the Scriptures" is another in a series of Church News reader response articles. Was there a time when a particular scripture touched you, when it offered comfort, guidance and much-needed support? If so, please describe your experience in 250-300 words, giving the scripture reference and telling how it affected you. Send your submission to Church News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110. Fax No. (801) 237-2524. Internet E-mail: [email protected]