I have a son who struggles with his faith. Most of us who have children have at least one child who has this struggle. I have known from practically birth that he had a different battle raging in his head and that it would be harder for him.
Like any mother, I have spent days, weeks, months and years praying mightily for him. Many tears and much fasting has gone forth in hopes that God would grant us and him a miracle.
One day I was on a walk and I was pondering my son’s situation. He had recently moved to a new area and I was concerned. And so I prayed, “Please Father, bless that family members will reach out to him and love him. Please bless that the members of the church congregation will be kind and friendly and try to invite him. Please bless that he will find good friends.” On and on I prayed.
And then finally, almost begging, I prayed, “Please God, bless that someone will love my son.”
I realized that the greatest gift someone could give me was to love this dear son of mine who struggled so. I wanted nothing for me—only love for him.
And then I truly understood.
Heavenly Father wants the same thing.
He doesn’t need anything. All He wants is for someone to love His children.
Jesus taught us so clearly and tenderly, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:34)
Love one another. Love all our brothers and sisters.
In the Savior’s final teachings to Peter he asks three times, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?” Each time Peter answers more fervently that He loves the Lord. And each time, Jesus implores him, “Feed my sheep.”
Feed one another. Feed each other the love of God.
Now I understand.
As I beg for someone to love my son, I can love those who are in my life – God’s sons and daughters. Every day, I can extend a hug, a smile, a kind word—any expression of love.
As we each do this, we can become the miracle of love that some mother somewhere is begging for.