I often visualize kneeling before my Lord, offering up my sadness, sorrow or sin.
I see, in my mind, Jesus Christ receiving my burden and making up for it,
restoring joy for sorrow and beauty for ashes.
Last Sunday, during Sacrament meeting,
this LDS Hymn 187 "God Loved Us So He Sent His Son" was running through my mind.
A certain phrase was not only on "repeat" but was filling my heart with joy.
"What debt of gratitude is mine."
I enjoyed the feelings of joy and peace swelling my heart for a time,
when suddenly I realized that I could offer up Gratitude on my mental altar.
So I did.
I pictured kneeling at the altar and offering a bag full of all the gratitude I was brimming with.
The bag full of gratitude fell open
and was full of shining light-
a full shaft of sunlight pouring into Heaven.
I could see golden twinkling butterflies, winging their message of gratitude heaven-ward.
I felt the Lord not only accept my offering, but magnify it.
In my mind light filled the whole scene, turning the single shaft of sunlight into a full-blown sunlight splendor. Light filled my whole mind and my heart.
My gratitude could never repay all that my Savior did, and does, for me.
None of us mere mortals could repay in full.
But He accepts our offerings with joy and rejoicing.