Often times we think of the atonement as something to be used mainly when we mess up or make a mistake (at least I have), but often we forget that this is not all the atonement is for. It is for any pain, any hurt, any struggle. It is for anything that disconnects us from God. The atonement is for any affliction and any trial.
I think the atonement is something so powerful that it takes a lifetime to understand. But I do know this, that I know that he loves me. Even when I struggle to remember that, he reminds me. I know that he is there no matter the heartache or struggle I am facing. Even just with juggling two kids and trying to be the best Mom for them, is something he helps me with daily.
Christ already suffered for me and you, the question is will we let him into our hearts. I think that letting him in is the first step to understanding more of the atonement. When we let him in he will reach out with open arms and lead us along.
I love the photo of Christ's coming where he is surrounded by clouds, blue sky and angels, with his arms open wide. It makes me think that those arms are open for me. What a beautiful thing to know that he is the one person who will always be there. Who will never let you down. Who will be there to pick you up when you fall and will be the support you need. He's there when you need to talk. He's there to give you that hug when you've had a bad day. How special it is to know that he loves you?
I am filled with so much gratitude for my Savior. I don't know where I would be without him. The struggles I am facing right now in my life, no matter how minor or major they may be, are ones that I could not get through without him. I could not go through life without him. He is my rock and has been there when I have felt alone and unsure. He has been there when I've doubted myself and been afraid. He has been there through it all. He will never leave me no matter how rough the tide may be.
What a special time of year it is to be able to remember our brother, our Savior, Jesus Christ.