At the Mall, at the Stable

By Norma Cross of Independence, Missouri, USA

Agree with God, and be at peace; in this way good will come to you.  Job 22:21

The shops in the mall
shine soft, fluorescent lights
call and pull you in.

The books, the balls, the beads, the baubles
draw in the hands that reach and touch…
and covet and buy.

But God offers blessings so quietly
in a barn, in a stall, in a manger,
in the arms of a young woman.

What God’s gift brings is more precious
than gold, silver, beads, and balls.
Small babe, God’s son, eternal life

Prayer for Peace:

Giving God, may we realize the gift of your Son is more precious than silver or gold. May we share the love of Christ with others. May we share the peace of Christ.

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 reconsider the gifts of Christmas. I will place Christ at the center.

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  1. so beautiful

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