Global Village

2-20By Lu Mountenay of Independence, Missouri, USA

Heed the urgent call to become a global family united in the name of Christ, committed in love to one another…

—Doctrine and Covenants161:6b

The local Foster Care and Adoption Association held its annual gala and auction fund-raiser. It was a big event, with the theme, “Forever Families.” I was puzzled why my husband and I were invited. Then I learned my sister, Pam, who had been a social worker for the state, was being honored posthumously with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

They used great words, which she deserved, to describe her work. Her son and daughter, Ben and Heidi, accepted the award for her. She would have been deeply touched. It was a bittersweet occasion.

The speakers impressed me. The master of ceremonies was Jason Holsman, a state legislator. He said, “The only completely renewable energy resource is love.” He talked about the selfless generosity of foster and adoptive parents.

Kansas City’s new mayor, “Sly” James, shared a story from his childhood. He grew up in what he called the ghetto, but he stayed out of trouble. On his way home from school, James was stopped by a tough drug dealer, who tried to persuade him to sell drugs.

A small, elderly woman, sitting on her front porch, saw the encounter. She walked up to the drug dealer, James said, and poked him in the chest with a boney finger. “You leave this boy alone!”

The drug dealer said, “You ain’t his mama.” And the woman said, “TODAY I AM!” The young mayor-to-be went on his way and wasn’t harassed again.

We also heard from a young man who was abused before he went into foster care and was adopted. Though he and his siblings were taken from life-threatening conditions (one of his brothers died from parental abuse), he still loved his mother.

Unconditional love…divine love. Some would say this is naïve love, all-he-had-ever-known love. But even as a fairly objective adult, he forgave and loved his imprisoned mother unconditionally. This is what we can learn from children. This is what we can learn from God.

And we can learn from little, elderly women, sitting on the front porch…keeping an eye on the sparrows of the neighborhood. We, too, can be community for any child, any day.

Prayer for Peace
God of wisdom, keep teaching us until we get it right. May we keep practicing until it is as natural as the love of a child.

Spiritual Practice: Offering Blessings of Community
Receive and share Blessings of Community. Begin with a prayer of gratitude for the relationships in your life. See and feel connections with family members, spiritual friends, people in your congregation, neighborhood, and the global village.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will keep an eye out for injustice.

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1 Comment

  1. Karen Porter

     /  20 February 2013

    What are the odds that the day your Daily Bread story came out with you mentioning KC Mayor Sly James he would be in the news talking about such a major story as the explosion/fire on the Plaza. I watched him last night speak so movingly about his job & the people of our city, then read your story first thing this morning. How ironic.

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