We Belong to God

By Merna Short of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Be merciful, just as your God is merciful.  Luke 6:36, adapted

It was end of term at the primary school, and the children were excitedly preparing for the Christmas play.

We asked the “reindeer” to dress in brown. Kristy’s mother couldn’t afford to buy brown clothes for her, but that didn’t worry the little actress. She took her place with the other reindeer.

“Where are your brown clothes dear?” asked the teacher. “My mother’s color blind,” answered Kristy (she was turning a truth to her best advantage). What could the teacher do? The parents would be there to see their little ones take part. How could she face this lovely mother if her little child was left out of the play? How could she disappoint the child?

It would just have to be the only year a “reindeer” would be yellow and green. The antlers were the evidence of where she belonged. The teacher granted that Kristy belonged with the other reindeers.

No matter how we appear to other people, we belong to God. Kristy wasn’t going to let her lack of costume deny her a place in the community of actors. Nothing should deny us the place we belong—in God’s world.

I’m thankful for the mercy the teacher showed this child of God.

Prayer for Peace:

Merciful God, teach us to be merciful. Open our minds that we may be shown the faith of a child—faith to 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 make sure anyone I meet will have a place of welcome.

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