Thursday, July 01, 2021

Weak Things Made Strong

 This afternoon Christian and I met with beautiful burn survivor, 
10-year-old Isla, who was involved in an accident a few weeks ago.
She was just released from the Arizona Burn Center, where my heroes work.
We chatted about the doctors, nurses, therapy, medicines, and what
bandages and lotions are the best.
We talked a little bit about her life and what recovery looks like.
I told her to ask me all the questions she could think of.
She asked me what I did when my burns itched (pat them, don't scratch!).
And she asked me what I do when people stare at me
and when people say mean things.
Since everyone is different, everyone will have their own unique recovery story.
What worked best for me might not
be the best for her, so it's nice to talk and be open about options.
We shared our stories and the 
incredible miracles we saw and participated in.
I also told her that our burns and scars bind us, and we're a
 family now and forever.
As the waitress served the food, Isla winced at the hot pizza dish 
before her.  I could tell she was scared of getting burned again.
I remember that feeling all too well!
Christian and I testified of Jesus Christ and His healing power because
He is the ultimate healer and can fix broken things.
I told her that
her burns would mend, her sores would close, and her bruises will disappear.
Even being scared of everyday life will change, and 
everything won't be so scary all the time.
Finally, I shared with her that she would never be the same
 because she could become even better,
and that her accident and experience could and would change her for good.

"And if men come unto me, I will show them their weakness.
 I give unto men weakness that they may be humble, and my grace is sufficient 
for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble
 themselves before me, and have faith in me, 
then will I make weak things become strong unto them?"
Ether 12:27

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