Monday, March 25

3-25By David Brock, presiding evangelist

Listen to the Voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. Listen to the Voice, for it cannot be stilled, and it calls you once again to the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom…

—Doctrine and Covenants 162:1b

During Passion Week, I still feel fractured. I often have that divided feeling. I’m torn between the awareness of my own unworthiness, my sinful self, and probably worse—my inattentive, remote, distracted repetition of prayers that could mean so much and yet often matters so little.

Yet, on occasion, the symbolic reenactment of the central person of my faith, the central event of our movement, and the encounter between the source of life and love, offers a moment of joy unspeakable. I often feel fractured and distracted…but sometimes I also am healed and whole!

Events that took place during Christ’s Passion Week so many years ago shaped our community faith. But you know what? It is not just the truth and history that abide, the truth that undergirds, the truth that is most real. There is wideness in God’s mercy. There is a balm in Gilead and Michigan and Missouri, in Siberia and Sudan, and to the ends of creation, that makes the wounded whole.

There is a love broad like beach and meadow. There is a voice that echoes through the eons of time and down to our day…and beyond. A voice that call us by name, that calls us beloved son or daughter, that gives us our communal identity bearing a name that tells us who we are, what we are called to be, and what matters most.

Prayer for Peace
Center of life, we hear you calling us by name. We answer, recognizing Christ at the center of our faith. Source of life and love, we are yours. Use us as you will to share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Time with God
Sit quietly and let your breathing become calm and deep. Ask God’s Spirit to rest on you. See or sense the Spirit anointing you in the form of light, a dove, wind, color, or other images that might come. Ask to be made aware of God’s love. Listen to the ways in which God wants to flow from your heart as living water. Give thanks that your name is “beloved,” that our name is Community of Christ.

Peace Covenant
My prayer today, God, will not be distracted. I will be with you.

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  1. Dorcas Wilkinson

     /  25 March 2013

    Thanks, Dave. This says so much about the first Monday after Palm Sunday, and the beginning of the rest of the Holy Week; humbling yet enlightening.


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