I remember Elder Bednar speaking of Tender Mercies. I love this talk and I have been thinking about it a lot lately. He said, "I believe I have come to better understand that the Lord’s tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Truly, the Lord suits “his mercies according to the conditions of the children of men” (D&C 46:15)."
"Recall how the Savior instructed His Apostles that He would not leave them comfortless. Not only would He send “another Comforter” (John 14:16), even the Holy Ghost, but the Savior said that He would come to them (see John 14:18). Let me suggest that one of the ways whereby the Savior comes to each of us is through His abundant and tender mercies. For instance, as you and I face challenges and tests in our lives, the gift of faith and an appropriate sense of personal confidence that reaches beyond our own capacity are two examples of the tender mercies of the Lord. Repentance and forgiveness of sins and peace of conscience are examples of the tender mercies of the Lord. And the persistence and the fortitude that enable us to press forward with cheerfulness through physical limitations and spiritual difficulties are examples of the tender mercies of the Lord."
(April 2005 General Conference)
I was recently involved in an accident while riding my road bike. I feel so blessed because I know that I was given a tender mercy of protection. I won't go into details of the crash other than a swerved to miss a car that didn't see me. I ended up going over my handlebars and landing in weeds and wild grass between the road and an irrigation ditch. For whatever reason I didn't put my hands out to catch me. I just did a forward roll landing on my back. I remember the landing. First my neck, then shoulder and hip. I remember feeling my neck kind of crack like when knuckles pop but nothing really hurt as I lay there. Needless to say the adreniline was pumping and the soreness and stiffness came later. I was able to get up and get on my bike again.
When I went back to the spot to take the pictures it really hit me how lucky I was to only have bruises. I didn't land on the asfault or in the water filled ditch or even hit my head on the metal piping in the ditch. I truly had experienced a tender mercy of the Lord. I am so grateful.
Crash Site - (You can't really see the ditch but it is off to the right.)