God’s Love Is Steadfast

By Susan Skoor, Council of Twelve Apostles

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  1 John 4:7

Kathy was a victim of cerebral palsy from birth. Confined to a wheelchair and speech-impaired, she overcame many barriers to attend university.

Her goal was to become a counselor to other cerebral palsy victims. After many years of study and trial, she succeeded.

For two years, I served as her aide in the university dormitory. I dressed and fed her, helped with homework, and tutored her in algebra and statistics. Kathy was brilliant, computing algebra problems in her head and then dictating to me what to write. She was a friend, a sister, and a mentor as she shared her indomitable spirit and determination to live a full, giving life.

Throughout the church, countless people serve as caregivers for others. Year after year they give unstintingly to help family or friends suffering from Alzheimer’s, cancer, or other debilitating illnesses. Their lives revolve around their loved one, a relationship founded on steadfast love and generous sharing of time, energy, and understanding.

My experience with Kathy tells me they also receive steadfast love unconditionally. The mutuality of sharing brings joy to a difficult task, and promotes patience when energy wanes at the end of a hard day.

God’s love is steadfast. 1 John 4:7 says, “love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” Community is based on mutual caregiving in large and small ways. Each of us expresses the steadfast love of God when we give of ourselves to others.

Prayer for Peace

Loving God, thank you for your steadfast love. Thank you for your presence in our days, providing peace and serenity as we serve others. May they sense your peace in us.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Encountering Scripture as Continuing Revelation

Each day this week read and pray with the Doctrine and Covenants as continuing revelation of God’s vision for the church and creation. Choose a favorite section or focus on recent counsel in Sections 156–164.

Read a few selected paragraphs slowly three or four times. Pause to pray for deep understanding of meaning after the first reading. Pray for opening of your heart and emotions to the text after the second reading. After the third reading, prayerfully ask to hear the particular phrase or word that speaks to you or touches your life. Stay with this word or phrase. Listen as fully and openly as you can. What sense of divine presence or invitation comes? What is revealed?

Peace Covenant

When called to care, I will give unconditionally in a spirit of peace and joy.

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