Some people only dream of angels, we held one in our arms
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Refiner of Silver
This post is maybe considered a continuation of my last post. A great story about why we may be called to experience trials.
Malachi 3:3 "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."
This verse puzzled some women in a scripture study class and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next class. That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a peice of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot, then she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier ofsilver." She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If thesilver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy- when I see my image in it."
On September 4, 2004, our son, Parker Daniel Rowley was born still. My pregnancy was full-term and had been completely healthy and normal. Parker weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 inches long. He was beautiful and perfect.
All Parker needed was to get a body to finish his mortal journey. I feel honored that I could give him that.
Although losing Parker was and is very difficult, we feel overjoyed knowing that we will be reunited with him again. This blog is a way for us to express our ups and downs in the process of grieving and also a way for us to remember Parker.
Thank you for reading it. Please feel free to comment.
Little children shall be saved. They are alive in Christ and shall have eternal life. For them the family unit will continue, and the fulness of exaltation is theirs. No blessing shall be withheld. They shall rise in immortal glory, grow to full maturity, and live forever in the highest heaven of the celestial kingdom
The Prophets have said...
Joseph F. Smith said, "These little ones (stillborn babies) will receive a resurrection and then belong to us."
President Brigham Young: "When the mother feels life come to her infant, it is the spirit entering the body preparatory to the immortal existence." Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie, page 768.