The Spoken Word


And so we search …

“The Spoken Word“ from Temple Square, presented over KSL and the Columbia Broadcasting System December 27, 1970. © 1970 by Richard L. Evans.
“Years following years steal something every day.
At last they steal us from ourselves away.” 1

These lines from Horace in some ways may be so—that each passing day steals something from ourselves away. But each day used well also adds something everlasting to our lives. It is good that there are times and seasons for the searching of ourselves. As we go about our daily rush and routine, we are often unaware of the reasons for our restlessness. We sometimes set our hearts on things we wish we had. We sometimes get what we thought it was we wanted—and find it doesn’t mean as much as once we thought it would. There are times we wonder why all the push and pressure and pursuit—and times to ask ourselves what it really was we wanted. Beauty? Physically it faded so fast. There is not much there to tie to. But there is beauty all around, and deep within, if we have eyes and hearts to see that it is so. Excitement? Excitement soon loses itself in the surfeit of excitement. And as to things material—if we have little, a little more means much. But too much more means less or little. And so we search—for peace, for purpose, for quiet conscience and contentment—and come to know that what at last we look for are the everlasting things of life; for the peace and happiness that come to where we are, with a mingling and intermixing of regret and gratitude, with need for faith—faith to move forward; willing to do what we ought to do; willing not to do what we should not do; willing to become what we can become.

“Between two worlds, life hovers like a star
Twixt night and morn, upon the horizon’s verge.
How little do we know that which we are!
How less what we may be!” 2

“The business of life is to go forward” 3 —with faith.

    Notes

  1.   1.

    Horace, Epistles, Bk. ii.

  2.   2.

    Byron, Don Juan, Canto xv.

  3.   3.

    Samuel Johnson, The Idler, no. 73.

The Gift of Personal Peace

“The SpokenWord“ from Temple Square, presented over KSL and the Columbia Broadcasting System December 20, 1970. © 1970 by Richard L Evans.

There is a saying of our Savior that moves our hearts at this moment: “… Except ye … become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” 1 What is it that is childlike that would entitle a person to enter the Master’s presence? There are some qualities that suggest themselves: honesty, innocence, trust, faith, frankness; an appreciation for the simple things of life. And what we feel from little children is at times a searching of our very souls, as earnestly they look at us in honest childlike innocence. “The future of the race,” said Phillips Brooks, “marches forward on the feet of little children.” And in a world of sophistication, deviousness, deception, let us seek to recapture something of the faith and honesty and innocence of children. Thank God for them, and for reminding us what we must yet again become, if we are to find the faith and peace we so much seek. “Blessed are they who never become wholly sophisticated, but who still dream and wonder and believe!” 2 who have the “power of feeling things freshly … which no skepticism and world-weariness can dim.” 3 And let this refreshing spirit renew itself in every heart and home, with its warmth and faith and thoughtfulness, with more kindliness, more courage; more of patience, understanding; more forgiving; more nearness to family and to friends, and concern for others also—with less cynicism, less discouragement, and more of hope, and of the blessed peace that comes within ourselves with keeping His commandments. Oh, give us once again the faith of children that we may no more “torture ourselves with disbeliefs,” 4 but come at last to know and to acknowledge from the certainty of our souls that Jesus is the Christ, the divine Son of God, our Lord and Savior, the Messiah, the Prince of Peace. “God bless us, everyone” and keep within our hearts and homes that which would bring to each of us the precious gift of personal peace. “… Except ye … become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

    Notes

  1.   1.

    Matt. 18:3.

  2.   2.

    Editorial, The Outlook, December 24, 1904.

  3.   3.

    Editorial, The Outlook, December 24, 1904.

  4.   4.

    Oscar Graeve, “A Holiday Message,” Delineator, December 1931.