Life can get a little murky sometimes. I say murky because, at times, it is difficult to see through the fog of life’s problems that often seem to come all at once. This seems to be particularly true for parents raising several young children. By the time we have them raised, we breath a sigh of relief, thinking that we have succeeded in our calling as parents. If you’ve raised kids, you know that the surprise comes with continuing challenges as our babies become young adults and begin having children of their own. Then, when we have finally reached the point that our children are full grown adults and are handling their lives well, … news flash… our parents begin to need our attention, and the challenges come from a new direction. Who knew this would happen!
Sometimes all those challenges make it difficult for us to focus on the needs of family members whom we can no longer see standing in front of us explaining their dilemmas, as our children do. We can become so caught up in solving those problems that are more visible, that we forget to continue moving forward in our efforts to help our ancestors solve their problems. Even though we can’t see them, they can see us struggling with the cares of living. Sometimes the demands of our children do take precedence over those who have crossed the veil. However, once we have put out the fires that demand our attention, we need to turn to our ancestors and get back to the business of helping them. We need to find them, gather them, collect and write their stories, and take them to the temple. We need to link them together across the generations.
We have been promised that as we complete this important work for our deceased family members, the Lord will bless us. Our deceased ancestors will be there looking over our shoulders, whispering encouragement in our ears and doing everything in their power to ease our burdens as we ease theirs. Our families will be blessed for our efforts as well. Don’t give up! Put out the fires and clean up life’s messes, and then get back to blessing those ancestors who love you. Like many of our other tasks, it’s a job that never ends. In fact, It’s the work of a lifetime, and the rewards are eternal!