Remember the Everlasting Covenant

 By Ron Harmon, Council of Twelve Apostles

When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.  Genesis 9:16

When I visit places of great historical significance I often wonder about the ordinary people of that time period. What were their hopes and aspirations?

Recently during a gathering of the North East USA Mission Field we had the opportunity to reenter the story of the church in Kirtland, Ohio. We learned about members’ hopes for a Christian community based primarily on the experience recorded in Acts, chapter 2. We also learned about their expectation for endowment of the Holy Spirit in their ministry.

As we shared in our weekend together I could almost hear the voices of those early Saints of the Restoration. As a child growing up I experienced the history and sacred space of Kirtland many times.

I sensed in a personal and profound way that I was called to carry on the great and marvelous work these pioneers of faith so courageously pursued.

Our last day together in worship we were blessed with a powerful affirmation that we were endowed in that moment with the power of the Holy Spirit for ministry and mission.

At the heart of this mission is God’s covenant of peace that calls us to embrace a radically different vision for our world. This covenant connects me in powerful ways with the early Saints of our movement. It also connects me to the voices of the prophets in Isaiah.

I pray that years from now others will be able to connect with God’s covenant of peace as they reenter our story.

Prayer for Peace:

Affirming God, endow us with the power of your Holy Spirit to embrace the ministry and mission to which we are called.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Caring for God’s Sacred Creation

Each day this week choose a way to notice, give thanks, and care for God’s sacred creation. Prayerfully consider one of the following suggested practices or create your own.

Walk in nature with a spirit of gratitude and “holy attention.” Write a psalm of praise for the beauty of the Earth or a prayer of healing and blessing for the wounds of the Earth. Learn about and engage in an act of Earth-keeping such as recycling, simple living, fasting from over-consumption of resources. Notice the unique diversity of the planet’s creatures and be gentle to plants, animals, trees, and people! Fall in love with the vast, intricate wonder of God’s creation and give thanks.

Peace Covenant:

I will keep the vision of the covenant rainbow to remind me and inspire me to share the peace of Jesus Christ.

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