The Grackle’s Kingdom

By E.J. Chappelle of Rosharon, Texas, USA

Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.  Romans 14:19

A common scene outside my window includes a big, male grackle in all his iridescent glory. He lands quickly beside a piece of bread thrown for him. Rather than starting his easy meal, he turns to a few smaller grackles nearby. He stomps his feet at them with his beak skyward, scattering his rivals for the bread.

However, the other grackles do not leave. More arrive, and sparrows, too. As the big guy chases away this bird, then that bird, all have a turn at a few bites of the bread, which was left untended by its guardian. Still, this alpha grackle persists until he has his victory, and all the other birds are gone…with the bread.

The grackle’s secondary priority of defending the meal left him without a single bite.

I have a lot in common with that grackle. I often lose my priorities to momentary distractions. I ask myself if I am careful enough to seek first what matters most and avoid senseless distractions—to seek first the peaceable kingdom of God.

Prayer for Peace:

God of peace, teach us what matters most. Help us to avoid distractions on our journey to peace. May we keep an eye single to Christ’s mission and your glory.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Offering Blessings of Community

Each day this week receive and share blessings of community. Begin with a prayer of gratitude for the network of relationships in your life. See and feel connections with family members, spiritual friends, people in your congregation and community, people and creatures in God’s sacred web of life.

What blessings flow to you from these circles? Reflect, pray, and write in your journal about the call to be “Community of Christ.” Go deeper each day as you “discern and embrace” the “divine blessing” of this name that opens you to “become a blessing to the whole creation” (Doctrine and Covenants 163:1). What act of blessing are you invited to complete?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will build up others as I share Christ’s peace.

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  1. so absolutely true


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