We had family home evening at my brother’s home and several siblings came. One sister was deeply concerned about a sister-in-law who has advanced cancer, and what that family member might expect. We discussed pain medications and other medical options. My brother who is a doctor was encouraging with his certainty that the doctors could help her a great deal through the hard parts. Excessive worrying was probably counter-productive. Even so, the collective concern was profound.
That concern led me to say something about a scripture that came into my mind during our discussion. The passage is from my study in the Old Testament this past month. It comes from 2 Samuel 24 and also 1 Chronicles 21 which tell the same story. [Chronicles is the record written by the priests and Samuel and Kings are the records kept by the kings. This is the same pattern followed by the Nephites with their large and small plates.] The message comes from the account of David when he commanded the numbering of Israel. His census was displeasing to the Lord.