Epiphany of Peace

1-7By Donna Boyd of Independence, Missouri, USA

…Let the Temple stand as a towering symbol of a people who knew injustice and strife on the frontier and who now seek the peace of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2b, adapted

He is a war veteran. I watched sadly as depression and flashbacks gobbled him up and spit out a shell of a man. He had no hope, no joy, little love, and visibly no peace. We took him to the Temple, where he found a peace he had never known. But he did not know how to carry that peace on his outward journey.

He struggled with depression for many months in a veterans hospital. He spoke to the chaplain about how much his experience at the Temple meant. The chaplain said my friend had an epiphany, a new understanding of himself.

He later shared one experience that stayed in my heart to share at every opportunity. Officials at the hospital told him they could not help him. He was angry. He went into the restroom before beginning his long journey home.

A man in a wheelchair was at the sink. He insisted he did not need help. My friend asked him over and again. The man finally admitted he wanted to shave but could not reach the sink.

The man had a week’s worth of scraggly beard. My friend put paper towels around his neck, put the chair beside the sink, and began to shave the man. He finished, removed the towels, dried the man’s face, and prepared to leave. The man asked, “Why did you do that for me?”

My friend answered, “What would Jesus have done if he were here?”

With a smile the man said, “He would have shaved me.”

When my friend returned to his wife, who had been waiting for him, she asked what had happened. When he told her, she smiled with tears in her eyes and hugged him. She joyously proclaimed that her husband was himself once more!

Prayer for Peace
Binder of wounds, you are with us in our darkest nights. You bring peace to our troubled souls, so we may share peace with the world.

Spiritual Practice: Healing for Broken Spirits
Begin with quiet prayer. Ask God to help you discern “sore places” in the body of Christ and in God’s creation. Become aware of people who feel separated, wounded, or left out. Reflect on or write a short journal entry of healing words to at least one person who comes to mind. Ask God for words that will touch this person’s broken spirit like healing ointment. Keep this person in your heart and prayers today and act on any ideas that come to bring blessing and wholeness.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will find someone who needs the hands of Jesus. I will be those hands.

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  1. Justice A. Manning

     /  7 January 2013

    I’m just curious if a post was omitted on January 5. I didn’t receive one nor do I find it in the archives.

    Thanks.

    JAM

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