Just because we are spending time by ourselves, the Lord hasn’t left us alone.
The past year has been filled with heartaches and disappointments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have spent a large portion of the year by myself, and as a result, have had countless moments when I felt completely alone. In her talk “The Lord Has Not Forgotten You,” Sister Linda S. Reeves reminds us that even if we sometimes feel isolated, Heavenly Father and the Savior understand all our struggles and will never leave our side.
In the moments when I felt alone, I would spend a lot of time on my knees in prayer. I found great comfort through communication with God. Even though I was by myself, I knew that I could tell my Heavenly Father how I was feeling. Doctrine and Covenants 6:16 states that “there is none else save God that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart.” Sister Reeves uses this scripture to help us remember that God knows us personally and is aware of the details of our lives. I felt comforted because of the knowledge that God is aware of me and my struggles
At the end of her talk, Sister Reeves testifies that “our Savior has taken upon Himself not only all our sins but also our pains and our suffering and afflictions.” Because of his Atonement, Christ has already experienced every heartache and lonely feeling, and we do not need to shoulder our burdens alone. Sister Reeves encourages us to seek divine help by confiding in the Lord about our feelings and hardships and letting him take them from us. As we do so, the Lord will always be there for us because he loves us and cares deeply about the problems that we’re facing. When we feel alone, we can remember that God has not abandoned us and will bring us comfort if we turn to him.
Discover more about God’s love for us by reading Sister Linda S. Reeves’s talk “The Lord Has Not Forgotten You.”
—Amanda Buxton, Latter-day Saint Insights
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Learn more about the Savior’s Atonement by reading “The Atonement: Our Greatest Hope” by James E. Faust.
Take a look at Nicole Meyers’s Latter-day Saint Insights article “Never Alone, Never Unloved: Faith to Climb Mountains” for more information about God’s love.