Ripening Grapes

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“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen the smallest bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” (Galileo)

I love the underlying message of this idea. In my estimation, this is the way the mighty God of the universe attends to us. The sum of galaxies is under His watch care, and yet He is poignantly interested in you and me as if He had nothing else in all created space to worry about. This focused attention and love is powerful! It’s the way parents can have the greatest impact on their children. It’s the way we can encourage, lift, and affirm each other. Through it we say: “You matter to me.” And those we associate with believe us.

Some two hundred years ago, those who knew Sir Walter Scott (the Scottish author and poet) used to say of him, “He spoke to every man he met as if he were a blood relative.”

To treat each other as family is to see things as they really are.

Joseph Smith knew this. He had many titles…the First Elder, Prophet, Seer, Revelator, President of the High Priesthood, Apostle of Jesus Christ, President of the Church, Mayor of the city of Nauvoo, Commander of the Nauvoo Legion, etc., but his favorite thing to be called: Brother Joseph. It’s about relationship.

We are the family of God! And nothing is more important to God than His family. Do we feel the same way? Let’s show Him and each other that we do. Let’s give extra attention to the grapes. :)

12 Responses to Ripening Grapes

  1. Kim Coslett

    My Dear Brother Kenneth These words are so true!!! I have to say though not only do you have the gift of song but you have the gift to attend to those grapes because of the unconditional love you have for others. If only we could all care for each other as family the world most certainly would be a more divine place to live no doubt. Thank you for making every single person you meet feel like family! You truly live what you speak.

  2. Bonnie Wood

    I’m so thankful for the warmth of His rays! He’s never let me down yet although at times I had to dig a little deeper and be more patient for understanding. Thanks, Kenneth, for the inspiration…

    • Absolutely, Bonnie! His love may be flowing, but that doesn’t mean we always feel it, or have a sense of it. Sometimes we have to remind our selves of it in order to keep going. I’ve had to do this a whole lot, but that just may be what He’s trying to teach us…to remember what we know, and to trust what we remember. Bonnie, you’ve been an amazing example of this to me! :)

  3. Sean Borzea

    Thank you for doing what you do best, helping me understand and appreciate how someone as awesome as God himself cares about lil’ ole me and those I love. He loves you too BROTHER Kenneth.

    • Sean! Great to hear from you. :)
      Our Father’s love for each of us is so much more manifest than we realize!…and we’ll discuss that in future posts. Meanwhile…and I know you already know this; it’s just worth saying…God doesn’t care about us just because He’s awesome…and He IS awesome…He cares about us because we are His babies. You know what that means, Sean. May you feel it powerfully in your own heart as you look upon those you love so much.
      Take care, bro! :)

  4. Lynda

    I long for the time we are all together as family. When we can, in the twinkling of an eye be with those we love. Not divided by space, time, and station in life.

    Thank you for the seemingly effortless love you show to all.

    Much Love to You and Yours!!!

    • I know, Lynda! Won’t that be marvelous?! What a love/peace/and light-packed world that awaits us! And…I’m looking forward to traveling at the speed of thought. :)
      Thanks for your kind and generous love that you show towards me and my family.
      Wishing for you every good thing! :)

  5. Becki

    I would love to come see you in concert. Could you let us know when and where you’re performing. I’m in the Salt Lake area.

    • Hi Becki! Thanks so much for being interested. I actually do not, at this time, have any performances scheduled in the Salt Lake area. But if that changes, I’ll be sure to put up the info on this site.
      Have a great day! :)

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