Reflections That Come Softly To The Soul


I’m sure it happens to everyone; you’re driving along, listening to the radio, when out of the blue and for no apparent reason, your thoughts drift to someone you love. Oft times it is someone you have lost. This morning it happened to me. I don’t know why but as I was driving along reflections of my deceased mother came to my mind. And more importantly, to my heart! You can never really communicate to anyone, except perhaps your siblings, who your mother really was. Friends, acquaintances and others only see the public side of a person. And even your own children really only know her as a grandmother, and as is often the case, health issues in the later years of our lives often rob us of some of the character traits that make us truly unique.

But I was witness to the three-dimensional woman who I called my mother.  I hold the memories of her close and on occasion, like today, they swell up inside my soul. It is on these occasions that I long for her embrace, her touch, and her smile. I don’t know how long it will be before I  once again experience them with her. But I have great faith in the promises of the gospel that the day will come when we will once again embrace!

I think that love is eternal! I believe that it knows no bounds and crosses all dimensions! I think it is the finest attribute of Godliness. I believe that families are forever. Until forever comes, I am left with reflections that come softly to my soul of a mother loved and of one who loved me. As time passes onward and memories start to fade, one thing that doesn’t, is the feelings of love that we shared. It is this bond that binds us together and leaves my heart full of hope for the eternities. I could quote prophets of old, and prophets of new, that testify of the truthfulness of this principle, that love is eternal. But to be truthful, I don’t need their testimonies to convince me. I have always felt it deep in my heart. I’ve never needed verification from any other source to believe it.

All of us wait for that day, when we shall see our loved ones again. When we won’t have to just rely on our memories. They will be real! They will be there! We will be together again! Because of the sacrifice of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, that much-anticipated day will come!


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