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Come here and I'll give you a hug

posted Oct 8, 2013, 5:38 AM by Christine Merrill
Yesterday, Lillian and Ellis were playing, and after some misunderstanding, Lillian's feelings were hurt.  Maybe she was physically hurt, too - I wasn't there, and heaven knows how hard it is to get a straight story out of a sobbing pre-schooler.  Anyway, she got hurt, and I went down to see if I could help her feel better.  "Come here," I said, "and I'll give you a hug."  Because we all know that hugs are what you really want at times like that.

Surprisingly, Lillian gave me a glare, turned her back on me, and went to sulk in the corner.  She seemed to be blaming me for her problems!  "Mom, how could you have let this happen to me?"  I just thought, "I'm not the cause of your problem, I'm just here to help you feel better."  But, mad at me she was.  I mean, I wasn't even in the room at the time.  Maybe that was my sin.

As humans, when something happens that we don't like, we look for someone to blame.  Often, there really isn't anyone to blame, so finally, we decide it must be God's fault for allowing the bad thing to happen.  Just like Lillian didn't blame Ellis for being a jerk, we don't blame the person (or weather pattern or disease or whatever) that harmed us, we take the blame to the highest level - it's God's fault.  But I think that, just like my effort with Lillian, all God wants to do is help us feel better.  He just wants to hug us.  He wants us to call on the power of the Atonement so Jesus Christ can heal us.  He wants to dry our tears.  And we stubbornly turn our backs and walk away, just to let him know how badly we're hurt.

How oft would he have gathered us as a hen gathereth her chicks, but we would not...