The Whole Tree!

2-26By Shirley Phillips of Independence, Missouri, USA

“Humble yourselves, and continue in prayer to him; cry to him when you are in your fields, and over all your flocks; cry to him in your houses, and over all your household, morning, midday, and evening…But this is not all: you must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness. “And when you do not cry to the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer to him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you.”

—Alma 16:219, 221–222

We had several days of heavy rains and flash floods. Tree branches bent near the ground. Wind tore them apart. During one storm, about midnight, my daughter-in-law woke my son and told him their tree had blown down. Not concerned, he told her to go back to bed.

“No! It’s the whole tree!”

He went out and found the huge tree that grew next to the house was on the ground, its roots fully exposed. The trunk sprawled across the yard and over the fence, just missing a busy street. What a blessing no one was hurt.

As I prayed that night, all I could say was thank you. Thank you, God, thank you. I often hold up my son and his family in my prayers, asking God to protect them and allow what is best for them and their souls. I feel close to God as I pray for my family.

Prayer for Peace
We cry to you, Lord, for protection and peace. We do what we can for the welfare of our families, and then we leave it with you. May we pray unceasingly with faith.

Spiritual Practice: Making Responsible Choices
Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.

Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for a blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will pour out my soul to you.

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