Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Protection of The Holy Ghost

When I was 12 years old, I loved to hike with my dad. On one of these numerous hikes, we were on a steep rock slide just below a 200 foot cliff. As we walked along, we heard rocks slipping at the top of the cliff. Immediately we both looked up to see rocks careening towards us. My dads first reaction was to push me towards the cliff and cover me up. In the process a rock glanced his head and another hit his back. Because of his protection I came away unscathed.

I have thought about that experience often. It reminds me of the role of the Holy Ghost. Among the many things the Holy Ghost will bring into my life, the protection of the Spirit is the blessing I pray for the most. I have been protected physically by the Holy Ghost, on one notable occasion I feel I was protected from a serious car accident by the promptings of the spirit. But more importantly, the Holy Ghost will protect me and you from spiritual danger.

I picture the Holy Ghost as my dad, protecting my spirit as rocks fall all around me. I have felt this protection as well. At times I have pushed it away. Either figuring I could make it out of temptation on my own (I can't) or not using the offered protection because I wanted to wallow in self-pity.

Speaking to children, Pres. Ezra Taft Benson said something that is applicable to all of us. "Pray to Heavenly Father to bless you with His Spirit at all times. We often call the Spirit the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is also a gift from Heavenly Father. The Holy Ghost helps you to choose the right. The Holy Ghost will protect you from evil. He whispers to you in a still, small voice to do right. When you do good, you feel good, and that is the Holy Ghost speaking to you. The Holy Ghost is a wonderful companion. He is always there to help you."

I try to set accomplish two goals every day. First, to turn my life and will over to God, and second to actively work to keep the spirit in my life. The Lord has blessed me with a great shield known as the Holy Ghost, and I am grateful for it.


Tim Malone said...

Thank you Ed for commenting on my blog. I enjoy your writing style, especially the stories that start each essay. I have added you to my sidebar so I can see immediately when you have added another essay. I believe you have some great insights to offer and and look forward to reading more of your story. Thanks for sharing.

Ed said...

Thank you for your comments Tim. I hope there are some who can relate to the struggles I have gone through. At the least, it helps me to write down the thoughts in my head.