Steadfast Community

By Lynn Brady of Chicago, Illinois, USA

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 announcement was made months ahead in the weekly bulletin of our congregation. We invited all to come hear and watch our church president, Stephen M. Veazey, give his annual address to the church. We made plans to watch the big screen in the sanctuary. We ordered lunch. We made child-care provisions.

Our morning worship ended at 1:00 p.m., leaving five hours before the president’s address. The people gathered in companionship and expectancy. Suddenly the lights flickered, and the church was without electricity. We tried to restore the power by resetting the fuses. No success. We called the electric company, and it told us the problem already had been reported. The agent said service should resume by 5:30 p.m.

My heart raced, fearing we wouldn’t be able to watch the event. People began to express concern, and some said we should leave. But I was prayerful God would restore the electricity in time.

Praise God—at 5:15 p.m. there was light! We began to set up for viewing the address but couldn’t connect to the Internet. People began to share more concerns, and a few left. I am grateful for the steadfast group that remained. The people gathered around a nine-inch laptop computer screen in a church office to watch and listen about “What Matters Most.”

That day I happily witnessed a determined group of people seeking our enduring principle of Continuing Revelation. In humility, individually and as a community, they prayerfully listened to understand God’s will for our lives, the church, and creation.

Prayer for Peace:

God of kindness and mercy, we wait on your words for us. We are expectant of your sharing direction for our lives, focusing on what matters most.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Making Responsible Choices

Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God’s vision for creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most. Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will listen closely to what you instill in the leaders of our community.

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