Nov. 20 2020 이 세상을 위해 선지자가 드리는 감사, 희망, 치유의 기도

러셀 엠 넬슨 회장: 이 세상을 위해 선지자가 드리는 감사, 희망, 치유의 기도

예수 그리스도 후기 성도 교회의 러셀 엠 넬슨 회장은 아흔여섯 해를 살면서 많은 시련을 보았습니다. 그러나 그는 어려운 시기에도 기쁨을 얻을 수 있는 단순한 치료법이 있다고 가르칩니다. 그 치료법은 바로 감사입니다.

as a doctor i know the value of good

therapy

so dear friends may i prescribe two

activities to help us

experience the healing power of

gratitude

during my 96 years of life i’ve seen a

great depression

a world war the rise of terrorism

hunger and poverty throughout the world

i have also witnessed the advent of

space travel

the internet medical advancements galore

and countless other discoveries that

delight me

prior to my ministry i was a

cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon

and spent many hours in operating rooms

as a surgical resident i was one of the

research team that developed the first

heart lung machine to be used in a human

open heart operation

subsequently i had the privilege of

helping to save lives of hundreds of

patients

and sadly i watched other patients die

despite my best efforts

as a man of science and is a man of

faith the current worldwide

pandemic has been of great concern to me

as a man of science i appreciate the

critical need to prevent the spread of

infection

i also honor the devoted service of

health care professionals

and grieve for the many whose lives have

been

upended by covet 19.

as a man of faith however i view the

current pandemic

as only one of many ills that plague our

world

including hate civil unrest

racism violence

dishonesty and lack of civility

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skilled scientists and researchers are

laboring diligently to develop

and distribute a vaccine against the

coronavirus

but there is no medication or operation

that can fix the many spiritual woes

and maladies that we face

there is however a remedy one that may

seem

surprising because it flies in the face

of our

natural intuitions nevertheless

its effects have been validated by

scientists as well as men and women of

faith

i’m referring to the healing power

of gratitude

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the book of psalms is filled with

admonitions to express gratitude

here are just three of them

it is a good thing to give thanks unto

the lord

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oh give thanks unto the lord for he is

good

come before his presence with

thanksgiving

jesus christ frequently expressed

gratitude

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before raising lazarus from the dead

before miraculously multiplying

loaves and fishes and

before passing the cup to his disciples

at the last supper

the savior prayed and gave thanks to god

no wonder the apostle paul later

declared

in everything give thanks

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over my nine and a half decades of life

i have concluded that

counting our blessings is far better

than recounting our problems

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no matter our situation showing

gratitude for our privileges

is a fast-acting and long-lasting

spiritual prescription

does gratitude spare us from sorrow

sadness grief and pain

no but it does soothe our feelings

it provides us with a greater

perspective

on the very purpose and joy

of life

nearly 16 years ago my wife dancel and i

were

sitting on the sofa holding hands while

we watched television

suddenly she collapsed

despite being well trained to treat the

very thing that ended her life

i could not save my own life

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denzel and i were blessed with nine

daughters and one son

tragically i have lost two of those

daughters

to cancer

no parent is prepared to lose a child

and yet despite these and other

difficult experiences

i am incredibly grateful eternally

for so very many things i’m grateful to

god for the nearly 60 years dansel and i

shared together

for a lifetime of love and joy and

cherished memories

and i thank him for my wife wendy whom i

met

after dance’s passing wendy

now fills my life with joy

i am grateful to god for the years i had

with my two

departed daughters father’s heart

melts when i see attributes

of those girls in the precious faces of

their children

and grandchildren we can all give thanks

for the beauties of the earth

and the majesty of the heavens that give

us an inkling of the vastness

of eternity we can give thanks for the

gift of life

for our amazing bodies and minds that

allow us to grow

and learn we can give thanks for

art literature and music

that nurture our souls we can give

thanks for the opportunity to repent

start over make amends

and build character we can give thanks

for our families

friends and loved ones

we can give thanks for the opportunity

to help

cherish and serve one another which

makes life so

much more meaningful we can even give

thanks for our trials from which

we learn the things we would not know

otherwise

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most of all we can give thanks

unto god the father of our spirits

which makes us all brothers and sisters

one great global family

as a doctor i know the value of good

therapy

so dear friends may i prescribe

two activities to help us experience

the healing power of gratitude

first i invite you

just for the next seven days to turn

social media into your own personal

gratitude journal post every day

about what you’re grateful for who you

are grateful for

and why you are grateful at the end of

seven days

see if you feel happier and more at

peace

use the hashtag give thanks

working together we can flood social

media with a wave of gratitude

that reaches the four corners of the

earth

perhaps this will fulfill in part

the promise god gave to father abraham

that through his descendants all

families of the earth shall be blessed

second let us unite in thanking god

through daily prayer

jesus christ taught his disciples to

pray

by first expressing gratitude to god

and then petitioning him for the things

we need

prayer brings forth miracles

in that spirit i would now like to offer

a prayer

for the world and everyone in it

as i pray i hope you will feel inspired

to do the same

pouring out your heart and gratitude for

the countless blessings god has given

you

and petitioning him to heal our hearts

our families our societies

and the world at large

our father in heaven as fellow

passengers on thy planet

earth we humbly pray unto thee

we thank thee for life and all that

sustains life

we thank thee for the beauties of the

earth for order in the universe

the planets stars and all things of

eternal

significance we thank thee for thy laws

that protect and guide us

we thank thee for thy mercy and loving

watch care

we thank thee for our families and loved

ones who fill our lives with joy

we are grateful for all who are striving

to combat the covet pandemic

please bless them with protection and

inspiration

will thou help us end this virus that

has plagued so many of thy children

we thank thee for the leaders of nations

and others who strive to lift us

we pray for relief from political strife

will thou bless us with a healing spirit

that unites us

despite our differences will thou also

help us repent from

selfishness unkindness

pride and prejudice of any kind

so that we can better serve and love one

another as brothers and sisters

and as thy grateful children

we love thee our dear father and pray

for thy blessings upon us

in the name of thy beloved son jesus

christ

amen

thank you for listening may god bless

you

one and all

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you

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