A few days ago, we learned of the death of a dear friend. Fortunately, Larry and I were able to see Jim before he passed away. We talked with his sweet wife Maggie and reminisced about good times. Then we said our goodbyes.
I did my best to hold back my tears, but they kept popping out anyway. Tears have a way of doing that. While I grieve for Maggie and for all of us who knew Jim and loved him (it wasn't possible to know him and not love him) and mourn his passing, I don't grieve for him, for I know Jim has been received into the arms of our Savior. Many years ago, Jim made his covenants and then set about keeping them.
And that is the essence of the Gospel: making covenants and keeping them. Of course, that isn't always easy. Nor should it be. Making covenants is serious business, keeping them even more so.
Joy for today: making covenants and keeping them.