Reflections from the Refrigerator

By Deb Crowley of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, USA

Listen to the teachings (of your sacred journey) and discover anew its principles. Do not yearn for times that are past, but recognize that you have been given a foundation of faithful service, even as you build a foundation for what is yet to be.  Doctrine and Covenants 162:2b, adapted

At first glance, one would judge my refrigerator door as unappealing, messy, or filled with junk.

As I stare at it, I ponder what I should take down. The picture of grandkids sledding in the snow, framed with jewels by a special kindergartener? The first handwritten, decorated letter with phonetically spelled words by the same child? Perhaps the photo of the Crowley clan and my niece’s engagement photo should find their way into an album. Maybe Dustin’s framed first-grade photo, which had been a gift to my mom and returned to me when she passed. A double memory.

If not the photos, then surely some magnets could go. But the teapot reminds me of the women I grew close to at a women’s retreat. The Temple represents peace and the purpose for so much of my life efforts. The Haiti magnet from Outreach International speaks of human need and urges me to give generously.

So many memories clutter that door! Maybe a few nondescript magnets will disappear, but the majority of memories are staying for now.

Life gets cluttered and chaotic sometimes. Junk skews our vision. It interferes with our relationship with one another and God. It’s time to step back, examine the pieces and parts of our life that are worth hanging on to and remembering why they are important.

Then, discard, change, or banish the rest! Once set in order, there will be room for experiences yet to be. A refreshed heart…it doesn’t get any better than that!

Prayer for Peace:

Companion on our journey, we cherish and honor our memories. Help us find what matters most and let go of the rest. We look ahead to sharing peace yet to be.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Embodying God’s Shalom

Each day this week find a way to express and embody God’s shalom. Begin by prayerfully listening to your longing for peace. Become silent and imagine you can hear the groaning of the Earth’s peoples, nations, and creatures. Prayerfully open yourself to God’s yearning for peace and the divine vision of shalom.

What images, feelings, and words come to you? What prayer for peace comes to you from your time of listening? Speak or write this prayer. What small act of justice, kindness, healing, or peacemaking is God inviting you to consider this day, this week?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will set my life in order and make room for peace.

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