By James L. He was holding a very old and very large book, which he extended to Rick, opened to a particular page. Rick stood up and joined him at the table. It was in perfect condition, as if new, but at the same time it looked ageless, timeless. The large pages were made of a kind of paper Rick had never encountered, if they were made of paper at all.

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An excerpt from The Peacegiver, published by Deseret Book. A New Day Rick squinted as sunlight poured in through the window. The storm had passed, finally.

Carol was already out of bed and probably on her morning walk. He looked past where she normally would have been to the clock on her nightstand.

It was a. He panicked for a moment until he remembered it was Saturday. Shedding the comforter, he rested under the sheet and gazed at the ceiling. Yesterday felt like a long time ago.

So much had happened overnight that Rick was struggling to fit it all together. And did he ever have a lot to fit together! Having found some in his nightstand, he reclined on the bed and started to sift through what he had seen. The stories of Abigail and Jonah swam in his mind. He could sense that their messages were connected, but he struggled to piece them together. He looked for the logic. He thought about mercy and justice, about feeling grateful or entitled.

He relived the scene on the road to Carmel and remembered Jonah on the boat and under the canopy of sticks. Abigail was a type of Christ, he recalled. But what angle was that? He strained to remember. What do we see in the atonement when we look at it from that angle? How could he ever withhold forgiveness from her? That makes sense. But what about Jonah? Rick puzzled about that. And then he realized that, of course, the Jonah and Abigail stories were each about extending mercy and therefore intersected on that point.

But how do they illuminate different aspects of mercy? Rick continued this way for a few minutes and then tried to record his thinking in some logical way-in a form he could understand and remember.

We are each of us sinners, entitled to nothing but hell and therefore utterly and equally dependent upon the mercies of the Lord.

Jonah 2. Jonah 3. The Lord mercifully removes any justification for failing to extend mercy to others. Abigail a. For the Lord has taken the sins of others upon his own head and personally atoned for them. Abigail b. Abigail 4. If I repent of failing to extend mercy, the Lord will supply me with everything I need and more-he will grant me his love, his companionship, his understanding, his support.

He will make my burdens light. Abigail Rick read and reread what he had written. Happiness was still a possibility, and it had more to do with him than he had imagined. He could hear the TV downstairs. The kids must be up. He sprang out of bed, pulled on some clothes, and folded the paper into his pocket. It was time to rejoin his family. All Rights Reserved.


The Peacegiver

It is the story of a couple whose marriage is on the rocks and how, through the atonement of Jesus Christ, relationships may be healed. There are ways to be right on the surface and entirely mistaken beneath. That was what the Savior announced to the world. Man-up 2. Mistreatment by Others 3.


The Peacegiver: How Christ Offers to Heal Our Hearts and Homes




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