Blessings of Community

By Lu Mountenay of Independence, Missouri, USA

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone…so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.  1 Timothy 2:1–2

In our office suite, a colleague and friend makes morning rounds as faithfully as a doctor. She stops at everyone’s office or cubicle to say hello and ask how they’re doing. She then stays to listen!

She is a leadership specialist, but her actions go beyond what is required of her. She even brings doughnuts to share every other Friday!

When she was away from the office for a few weeks, we made lighthearted complaints about not having our doughnuts. We soon came to realize, however, that it was her presence we missed, not the doughnuts (well, maybe a little). Anyone could bring doughnuts, but not everyone could fill the void and match her humble and generous nature.

When my sister died, my friend sent thoughtful cards almost every day for several weeks. Someone had done the same for her when her sister died, and she paid it forward in a beautiful way. I was glad when she came back to bless us with her listening skills, warm smile, and presence. She is surely one of the blessings of our workplace community.

Prayer for Peace:

We pray to you, God, for our families, our friends, our work mates, and the strangers we have not yet met. We thank you for friends and future friends. As they become part of our community may they be blessed as we have been blessed. May we treat them with dignity and acceptance. May we meet them with your shalom.

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 to open 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:

Today, God, I will remember to be thankful for the giver, as well as the gift.

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