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The Lowliest of Callings

The Lowliest of Callings

Shakespir Edition

by Ilyan Kei Lavanway

Copyright 2016 Ilyan Kei Lavanway

 

Published by Ilyan Kei Lavanway at Shakespir

 

Cover image:

Jesus Washing the Apostles’ Feet

(Jesus Washing the Feet of the Apostles)

by Del Parson

 

Cover image courtesy of:

[+ https://www.lds.org/media-library/images/jesus-washing-apostles-feet-39588?lang=eng+]

 

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Dedicated to Rhomel Casañares Pasco

Victorias First Ward

Cadiz Philippines Stake

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 

Contents

 

Death of a Loved One Inspires Change of Heart

Other Works by Ilyan Kei Lavanway

 

Death of a Loved One Inspires Change of Heart

 

A family in our ward – Victorias First Ward, Cadiz Philippines Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – had a 26-year-old Down’s syndrome son who died Friday, 19 February 2016. It made me think how grateful I am that my own Down’s syndrome son is still with us and is so robust and healthy. And how grateful I should be that my Down’s syndrome son tests me daily. Having him here to test me means I still have opportunity to pass my test. He is my test. If he were gone, my test would be over, and if I have not passed it, I might lose my soul forever.

 

In my particular case, it would be like being a student in a class where a long and difficult test is required to graduate, and during the test the Master notices the student is so vexed by the test that the Master decides to remove the test from the student before the student has completed it, seeing how the student so wishes the test to be over and is so distraught about being required to undergo the test at all.

 

The student, once the test is removed from his hands, suddenly realizes, to his eternal horror, that the premature removal of this arduous but absolutely essential test means he cannot graduate into the field he so earnestly desires to attain. I am saying this would be my case, not the case of the family whose son died.

 

I love my son, and in light of this thought, I should be singing praises to God all the day long for my son’s presence in my life. I should consider how cleaning my son head to toe when he is covered in his own feces is the lowliest of callings, akin to Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, and doing so with nothing but pure, overflowing love for each of them. Jesus is not focused on the filth they have stepped in (or smeared themselves with). He is focused on serving them and loving them – and cleansing them as only he can.

 

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Other Works by Ilyan Kei Lavanway

 

What Happens at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? (2016)

Families are Meant to Last Forever (2016)

Thought Log 2015.08.17.1900 (2016)

Dream Log 2015.09.18.0900 (2015)

Thought Log 2015.08.09.2100 (2015)

Baptism by Immersion in Water and in the Spirit of God (2015)

Likening My Life to the Apostle Dieter Friedrich Uchtdorf (2015)

If Christ had not Suffered (2015)

Honoring His Namesake (2015)

FEMA Camp Parent Trap (2015)

Dreams of the Last Days: Marked and Messaged (2015)

Dreams of the Last Days: Machines and Machinations (2015)

Dreams of the Last Days: Where are all the Stars? (2015)

Marriage (2015)

Relying on The Lord in the Last Days (2015)

Circumscription Hypothesis (2015)

An Aviator At Heart (2014)

Intelligent Universe (2014)

Sevenfold (2013)

Post Omerican Easter (2012)

The Modern Day Gadianton Golden Boy (2012)

Out of the Picture and Into the Picture (2012)

Platypus Boy on the Duck Farm (2012)

Duck Boy on the Platypus Farm (2012)

Earth Sink (2010)


The Lowliest of Callings

Often, the most difficult and unpleasant tasks in life are the ones that teach us most about ourselves and help us develop a personal relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ, and his Father who sent him. This short and touching message shares a real life and death experience that changed the heart of the author. Hopefully, it will change many more hearts.

  • ISBN: 9781311593825
  • Author: Ilyan Kei Lavanway
  • Published: 2016-03-08 09:05:06
  • Words: 672
The Lowliest of Callings The Lowliest of Callings