When We Have Known Heartache


When we have known deep heartache, are we not, (if we will lend ourselves to it,) given the balm to help the healing of others whose hearts are a breaking? With spirit anguished and broken, can we not tenderly receive the grief stricken, that we too may be healed?

Herein do we tender and demonstrate the pure love of Christ, and there is divine precedence for service so rendered, for in the meridian of times Jesus of Nazareth “poured out His soul unto death.” (1) With spirit anguished and with a heart breaking in His love for us, He suffered, “descending below all things” (2) in our behalf.

Ought we not love Him? Ought not our hearts break in gratitude for His great love and sacrifice in our behalf? In our own moments of grief, ought we not reach out to others, even those with broken hearts? Shall we not love Him all the more in so doing?

I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me.
I tremble to know that for me he was crucified,
That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died.

I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine
To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine,
That he should extend his great love unto such as I,
Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify.

I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt!
Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget?
No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat,
Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet.

Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!

(1) Isaiah 53:12
(2) Doctrine and Covenants 88: 6
(3) “I Stand All Amazed” Charles H. Gabriel