Saturday, March 16

3-16By John Bonney of Springfield, Oregon, USA

God, the Eternal Creator, weeps for the poor, displaced, mistreated, and diseased of the world because of their unnecessary suffering.  Such conditions are not God’s will.  Open your ears to hear the pleading of mothers and fathers in all nations who desperately seek a future of hope for their children.  Do not turn away from them.  For in their welfare resides your welfare.

—Doctrine and Covenants163:4a

Why must we limit our understanding and idea of the Divine to narrow bands of possibility? The result is that we suffer from disconnectedness. Too often we and they separate us—create loneliness. Problems of this one small world and all that is on it, in it, and above it stem directly from this sense of disconnectedness.

If we would recognize how we connect with one another, we would not tolerate the conditions of hunger, war, disease, and other inequities that exist. We wouldn’t tolerate them because we would be one with everything. What hurts, limits, and degrades one also degrades all. A greater sense of awareness that we are part of an infinite whole, that we connect in all that matters, would bring a deep sense of atonement, at-one-ment.

Isn’t that what unconditional love is about?

It is to recognize the Eternal in every life. It is to recognize the Presence that resides in each person with whom I agree or not, who I like or not. Divine love causes me to be one with violent and destructive people. There is nothing outside the Divine. It is not possible.

That unconditional love is the love of the Creator for the created. It is a love that calls me not only to see, but to act with empathy and compassion. This love brings me to the realization that someone—everyone, anyone—needs what I have to offer, my life if need be. There are no others. There is no one and nothing that is outside the unconditional love of God.

Prayer for Peace
Eternal Creator, author of unconditional love, may we offer this love to others. May we live with compassion. May we share the love and peace of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Embodying God’s Shalom
Find a way to express and embody God’s shalom. Begin by prayerfully listening to your longing for peace. Become silent and imagine you can hear the groaning of the Earth’s people, nations, and creatures. Prayerfully open yourself to God’s yearning for peace and the divine vision of shalom.

What images, feelings, and words come to you? What prayer for peace comes to you from your time of listening? Speak or write this prayer. What small act of justice, kindness, healing, or peacemaking does God invite you to consider this day?

Peace Covenant
Today, God, it will not be I and them, but us, together as one.

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1 Comment

  1. Frank Mendenhall

     /  16 March 2013

    Since we are finite and limited we make God finite and limited. Yes, we must allow God to be God and learn how we are connected to all of creation. May we not place limits on God’s love.


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