Vessels

By Norma Cross of Independence, Missouri, USA

For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.  Romans 12:4–5

In getting ready to ask for a blessing for my great-granddaughter, I realized that when babies come into the world they share many similarities. They each have a spark of God in them, and they need food, dry diapers, and comfort. We start filling that little “treasure in an earthen vessel.”

A vessel is a container with a purpose, whether a vase for flowers or a human being for a soul.

Parents have a big input. Teachers have input. Extended family members have input.

What do we fill that sweet little child vessel with? Grumbling? Or a cheery “hello” and exclamation of how glad we are to see them? Do we show them we are a joyful people?

At church a 3-year-old told my husband he was his best friend. Sunday school teachers may not be remembered for everything they teach, but the love emanating from them will last a lifetime. Children need security and to feel the church community is a good place to be.

God created us like vessels. God made each one different. We each have our own purpose. My task is to be the best vessel I can and to serve the purpose for which I was created. Realizing this, we need each one to help build the kingdom. I cannot do it on my own.

Prayer for Peace:

Universal God, we are many different people longing to be one in your Spirit. Thank you for the different gifts offered by each one to share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Welcoming Unity in Diversity

Meditate on unity in diversity. Prayerfully read Doctrine and Covenants 163:8c, which calls “the entire church to become a sanctuary of Christ’s peace, where people from all nations, ethnicities, and life circumstances can be gathered into a spiritual home without dividing walls.”

Create a large circle with your arms. See and feel the diverse people God invites inside the sanctuary of Christ’s peace represented by this circle. Who is easiest to welcome? Whom do you struggle to include? Ask God to forgive and heal barriers that keep you and others from being one in Christ’s peace.

Peace Covenant:

God, I will consider my tools and vessels to discern what is needed for your work.

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