Wee Are Bells

By Lu Mountenay of Independence, Missouri, USA

You who are my disciples must be found continuing in the forefront of those organizations and movements which are recognizing the worth of persons…  Doctrine and Covenants 151:9

I would identify Community of Christ’s annual Peace Colloquy as one movement referred to in today’s scripture. In 2010 we focused on children.

So go back with me two years. It is still fresh in my mind.

Greg Mortenson received the 2010 Community of Christ International Peace Award. He wrote Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, describing how he coordinated the building of schools in the poorest parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Greg participated in a grade-school assembly as part of the Colloquy. He shared the rostrum graciously with the children at the presentation ceremony.

For me, a highlight was the performance of Wee Bells. The children ranged in age from about 3–6. Among the songs they played was “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” They rang their bells as the director held a card that matched the color of their bells.

One boy on the front row looked anxious until it was his time to ring. At that moment his face lit up, and he rang his bells for all he was worth. Then he waited on pins and needles until it was his time to ring again—back to enthused and joyous ringing.

We are bells waiting to be rung
we are songs waiting to be sung
we are words, we are ideas
longing to be heard.

We are tools waiting to be used
finely sharpened, ready and enthused
we are coals, we are embers
longing to be flames.

We are vessels waiting to be filled
we are soil waiting to be tilled
we are seeds, we lie dormant
longing to be sown.

Creator God, we give ourselves to you
let us know what you would have us do
we will listen, we are your people
longing to come home.

Prayer for Peace:

Creator God, help us take on the enthusiasm of your wee ones—ready and waiting to answer your call.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Connecting with God as Center

Connect with God through journal writing. Prayerfully center on your intent to open yourself to God’s presence and share what flows from your heart and mind. What deepens or changes in your relationship with God, Christ, Spirit?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will be your peace-proclaiming bell.

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