Building Shalom

By Ron Dawbarn of Manchester, Tennessee, USA

Jesus Christ, the embodiment of God’s shalom, invites all people to come and receive divine peace in the midst of the difficult questions and struggles of life. Follow Christ in the way that leads to God’s peace and discover the blessings of all of the dimensions of salvation.  Doctrine and Covenants 163:2a

How do you build a relationship with a God whose creative force extends for light-years throughout a universe of countless galaxies? Each galaxy contains stars we still cannot number.

How do you start the conversation?

I am fortunate to live in the countryside. On a clear night I can lie on the hillside in front of my house and look into space. On those occasions I experience a feeling of awe and wonder, a sense of closeness to God. As I lie there, I realize the awe and wonder is not out there at all, but deep within me.

We are blessed to have God’s Spirit within each of us. It is unfortunate we often don’t recognize the presence of the Divine within ourselves or in others.

We can read of many ways people have tried to build relationships with God. Most are valid and worthwhile. But we often overlook our most obvious, most tangible, and most available contact with God: our companion human beings, our brothers and sisters.

We are told wherever two or three gather in God’s name, there will God be, also. We don’t even have to ask God to be with us. We just need to be aware of the presence of God’s shalom within us.

Prayer for Peace:

God of shalom, help us always be aware of your presence within us. Allow us to be aware of your presence in others. May we know the length and breadth of your shalom by sharing the peace of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Caring for God’s Sacred Creation

Each day this week choose a way to notice, give thanks, and care for God’s sacred creation. Prayerfully consider one of the following suggested practices or create your own.

Walk in nature with a spirit of gratitude and “holy attention.” Write a psalm of praise for the beauty of the Earth or a prayer of healing and blessing for the wounds of the Earth. Learn about and engage in an act of Earth-keeping, such as recycling, simple living, fasting from over-consumption of resources.

Notice the unique diversity of the planet’s creatures and be gentle to plants, animals, trees, and people! Fall in love with the vast, intricate wonder of God’s creation and give thanks.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will start the conversation with others to build my relationship with you.

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  1. Dennis Aldridge

     /  25 October 2012

    What a joy! I knew Ron Dawbarn when he was but a lad in his Warrington, England days. We played with trains in his home. I haven’t heard the name in years, but it is so good to read that we still are on the same wavelength. Thank you, Ron.

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