That they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever. (Book of Mormon Title Page)
Christ has covenanted to never give up on me!
That “they” may know. I am part of “they.”
That I may know that I am not cast off forever.
I pray that I may retain that truth every new day in my consciousness. He has not cast me off. He has made covenants with the Father—and with me, too—that He will never cast me off. I may cast Him off, but He will never reciprocate
I do not believe we are correct in picturing the Lord withdrawing from us. We are always the one that withdraws. How much and how long is always a result of our choice—not His.
He is there always for us, just as close as the veil. The awareness of Him—of His Spirit with us—is solely a function of our remembrance of Him. We are reminded again of that precious, mutual covenant in both of the Sacrament Prayers every Sunday.
And Christ, too, has shared this concept of His eternal commitment to us in the Book of Mormon:
How oft will I gather you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, if ye will repent and return unto me with full purpose of heart. (3 Nephi 10:6)
I am the “they”. I am one of his chicks.
You are, too.