The Presence of the Community

By Betty Snapp of Independence, Missouri, USA

When your willingness to live in sacred community as Christ’s new creation exceeds your natural fear of spiritual and relational transformation, you will become who you are called to be. The rise of Zion the beautiful, the peaceful reign of Christ, awaits your wholehearted response to the call to make and steadfastly hold to God’s covenant of peace in Jesus Christ.  Doctrine and Covenants 164:9b

Not long ago I realized we are all connected. This occurred to me when memories flooded my mind of friends and community companions who have accompanied me on my faith journey.

Reflections of my Community of Christ congregation flashed through my mind, like a movie playing before my eyes. It slowly rolled back and revealed the faces and personalities of so many who played key roles in my journey.

Those faces, many of whom have passed away but are not forgotten, strengthened and supported my faith over the years. They are bits of memories that will last a lifetime—a woven tapestry, a strong rope that keeps me securely, faithfully, and spiritually connected.

I see the beautiful smiles and love of the nursery and children’s Sunday school classes (including hugs). I hear kind words of enthusiasm offered to everyone. I feel acceptance given that gets us through another difficult week. I hear inspirational sounds offered by those who are gifted with music.

I am changed by the spoken word. I am filled with God’s presence joining the presence of the community.

My faith journey thrives on these powerful connections from the past and the present. Because of the blessings of community in my congregation, I can keep my connection with God and do my part to share the peace of Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace:

God of connections, we thank you for all who have gone before us and helped shape our journey. We thank you for your presence, which graces us with companionship. We thank you for the future filled with hope and faith to follow your path to peace.

Spiritual Practice:

Sit quietly as you enter intercessory reflection and prayer. Ask God to bring people to your heart who need prayer. Be open to images of the people or spiritual insight into their needs. Listen for signals from their lives and let the depth of God’s love become powerful and real to you. Ask a prayer of blessing and healing for them.

Peace Covenant:

Mystery God, as it is made known to me, I will be ready to do what I am called to do.

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