Sometimes, life is unspeakably unfair.
One of my piano students said to me the other day, "The only fair thing about life is that it's unfair to everyone." Wise words from a twelve year old.
And I've thought of that a lot since she said it. Who doesn't have trials and difficulties? Who's heart hasn't been broken?
It's life. It's messy, it hurts so much that it seems to be too much to bear at times.
Linda Burton, relief society general president said, " Heavenly Father … sent His Only Begotten and perfect Son to suffer for our sins, our heartaches, and all that seems unfair in our own individual lives.:
Christ didn't just suffer for the sins of the world, but for all the unfairness.
For Christ is the great mediator of it all. To mediate in this case means to "bring about." Christ brings about a lot of things: peace, comfort, salvation, grace, love, miracles, and hope.
But He also brings about mercy; mercy that outstrips the unfairness in life.
Life is hideously unfair, but through Christ's great and eternal atonement, that unfairness is washed away into grace, forgiveness, comfort and peace.
There can be mediation between us and the pains of the word. Christ is our intercessor between all that is awful and all that is good. 1 Timothy 2:5 reminds us, "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;". He is a buffer, a protector, a friend.
We have no chance on our own to reach the goodness and perfection promised in the next life. NONE. The only way to get there is through Christ. And thank goodness that He is there, to soothe the hurt, comfort us and bind up our wounds, even when it is all terribly unfair.
So don't despair. Don't give up. Keep going. Every day. Turn it over to Christ, even in the moments where it seems it will never get better.
I'll try to do the same.