All this week I've been picking away at the giant ice slab in the driveway. It started as a fifteen foot square monstrosity. Each day I spent a little time hacking at it with a chisel/shovel thing. At first it seemed like a hopeless task. Then I got it down to two large piles-- four inches of solid ice with snow packed on top of that.
The sun and rain made my work easier.
Then I got it down to the size of a kiddie pool, then a pizza plate, then it was gone. Then I started sweeping.
It's a metaphor for my soul.
It's been a typical Sunday. I got up bright an early and headed out for a walk. It snowed about an inch last night. I shoveled the entire walk and put some salt down.
Here's what's on my mind:
Ever keep in exercise the principle of mercy, and be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance, and asking forgiveness; and should we even forgive our brother, or even our enemy, before he repent or ask forgiveness, our heavenly Father would be equally as merciful unto us.
-- Joseph Smith
Read the rest of it here.
And this passage from Matthew:
23 ¶ Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Aaaaand, in other news, my buddy Greg lent me Season 10 of Stargate and "The Ark of Truth" (Stargate Movie). So, it's all Stargate all the time at the Gately house. I put the kids on notice then made up a huge batch of rice krispie treats.