What Matters Most (Part III)

By David Brock, presiding evangelist

For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.  III Nephi 10:18

The hall of power that matters most may be the rough-hewn, semi-permanent Community of Christ structure. It serves as gathering place for the residents of Monte Sión (Mount Zion).

This new, unplanned community of the poor defines the urban sprawl on the brown and treeless hills on the outskirts of Lima, Perú.

It is the place where every Friday and Saturday young adults and the pastor from Callao make the trek from the city.

They climb the steep hillside to teach 40–50 children in a small, dirt-floored room. Here they hang out, play sports, worship, and study with other youth. They pray for jobs, health, food, and schooling for children with parents trying to find a sense of place in the world.

The hall of power that matters most may be the small room where a sister or brother is offered sanctuary. Here they are free to tell of their amazing and heroic journey that merits the writing skills of the best biographers and the money and time of the most-literate readership.

It is the place where after the telling a minister of blessing is privileged to lay hands on the head.

Words of the sacrament of evangelist blessing are shared.

These words can never capture God’s presence and promise in a life, yet the Spirit confirms in a way that provides enough…and to spare.

Prayer for Peace:

God of the gathering places, God of two or three, God of the multitudes, hear the prayer for sanctuary from those with heroic stories. We are blessed by these stories. We are blessed to be a blessing.

Spiritual Practice:

Stand or sit with your hands extended in front of you. Prayerfully ponder all the things you hold in your hands that make you feel too full, busy, drained, or tight. Spread your hands up and apart to release these things. Then hold them open and empty them again. Thank God for relationships that fill and feed your spirit. Pray for a generous heart and open hands that reach out to make room for all in the circle of Christ’s community.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will kneel in prayer and, again, through your Holy Spirit, discern what matters most.

 

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