Countdown to Christmas Day 2: Everlasting Life
I thought about the mothers who hurried their backpack laden wee ones onto the bus this morning, never once thinking the kiss goodbye would be their last. Moms and Dads put their little ones on buses every day and think very little of it. Every afternoon the big yellow bus brings their precious children home again, safe and sound. But not today. How many of them already had Christmas presents hidden away? The kids probably already wrote their letters to Santa asking for Disney princesses and Lego sets and computer games. There are some very empty arms in East Knoxville tonight and my heart breaks for them.
Once upon a time a loving Heavenly Father sent his Only Begotten Son into the world knowing he would suffer unspeakable pain of body and spirit. He knew that through the atonement of Jesus Christ all his children would have the opportunity to come back and live with him again, forever. When tragedy strikes and death takes loved ones away from us, we have hope through the atonement of Christ. Everlasting life is possible.