Family members are flooding in to town for the funeral and we are being wrapped in love, food and empathy from all around. Our every need is being met aside from the need to have Amos here. I have felt him close and hope that spirit never retreats.
Kade Pearce, a young boy in my ward, drew this picture for me and brought it over after church. I was touched by his understanding and the ability for someone so young to look outside himself and have such perspective.
Church was beautiful; the music and talks and having my sister Sarah with me. Bishop Elwood spoke about grief and mourning. I have truly felt that my burdens are being borne by so many around me. Part of the covenants we make at baptism are to “mourn with those that mourn” and “comfort those that stand in need of comfort.” I see people all around me keeping those covenants.
My sister-in-law Robin sent me a scripture just after Amos passed that Bishop repeated today from Doctrine & Covenants 42:48 “And again, it shall come to pass that he that hath faith in me to be healed, and is not appointed unto death, shall be healed.” This helped me to understand that faith, fasting and prayer are not meant to change God’s plans, but to help us align our will to His. It also helped me know that a lack of faith is not why he was taken. I’m grateful to know that Amos has a new appointment and I know he will be kept as busy as he was in this life serving others and the Lord.