While sitting at church, I was perusing the hymn book (as I am sometimes wont to do) and started reading the lyrics to the hymn, 'I Need Thee Every Hour'. I've always liked the song, but it has never been a particular favorite. Usually it is associated in my mind with cries to God for help. "I NEED you. I need you to help me. Because I'm having a rough time of it." This time through, I was caught up by the lyrics to verse 3.
"I need thee every hour, in JOY or PAIN."
And I thought to myself, "This song isn't so much of a desperate plea as I've always thought it was." Or even further, it isn't just an acknowledgement of God's deity and our insignificance.
God has never said that our relationship with Him is only based on our need for Him to fix all of our problems. I think it makes Him happy when we share our happiness or joy with him. Think about it- in an example applicable to our own lives, if we were to only go to our friends when we were having a difficult day to complain or draw on their strength, that would be an EXHAUSTING relationship for them. I am by no means saying that the Savior can't handle that kind of a relationship. He can, He does, and I'm sure that He actually welcomes it. But! My point being! I want to try and make sure that I am also coming to Him with my JOY. That I am praying with just as much sincerity expressing my gratitude as I do when I am struggling. Which! I think is a difficult thing for all of us. When life is good and things are going smoothly, it's easy to half-heartedly pray to God, "Hey! Things are going really well. Thanks for that. I have no major complaints or issues... so I guess I'll talk to you tomorrow."
I'm glad that this hymn was able to remind me to make the Savior an active part of all of the happy things in my life. I think that is done through more sincere gratitude on my part. Not only expressing that gratitude through prayer, but also allowing myself to be happy and exude that happiness to those around me.
I love my Savior. I do need Him every hour, ALL the hours. The happy and the sad hours. And I am particularly grateful to know that He will be my friend through them all :)
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