When we keep our hearts open, when we seek with our hearts, we will see — we will understand — we will find. As Augustine of Hippo beautifully expressed: "God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they find rest in Him."
In Ezekiel 36:26, the Lord promises: "A new heart also will I give you."
Perhaps this year we might incorporate into our endeavors, into our resolutions, a mighty change in our hearts — the new heart our Father promises to those who seek.
In 2 Nephi 2:25, these incredible words are given us: "and men are, that they might have joy." As our hearts become softened — as we come into harmony with the inner qualities of our hearts — what do we find? We find joy.
The plan is always perfect, always interwoven with our Father’s wisdom and love.
"You are greatly blessed of the Lord, all the day long, and should be happy," President Brigham Young reminds us (see Journal of Discourses, Volume 2:95). "But we are apt to close our eyes upon this fact. Were we to look into our own hearts, and seek diligently to do all the good in our power what is there to prevent us from being happy?"
A new heart for a new year — what beginning could be better than that?
Susan Evans McCloud is author of more than 40 books and has published screenplays, a book of poetry and lyrics, including two songs in the LDS hymnbook. She has six children. She blogs at susanevansmccloud.blogspot.com. Email: email@example.com
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