A Swarm of Help

Tuesday, April 30

4-30By Cindy L. Korf of North Platte, Nebraska, USA

Do not be discouraged. You have not been promised an easy path, but you have been assured that the Spirit that calls you will also accompany you. That Spirit is even now touching alive the souls of those who feel the passion of discipleship burning deeply within. Many others will respond if you are persistent in your witness and diligent in your mission to the world.

—Doctrine and Covenants 162:3a–b

This past spring had been unusually wet, resulting in an unusual mass of mosquitoes and gnats. One evening when a friend and I were outside, we decided it was unbearable to continue our walk because of the insects swarming over and around us and into any open orifice.

Suddenly, a blue dragonfly zoomed into the swarm of black gnats, scattering them. Another dragonfly joined the first one. And then, a large group of dragonflies was zooming overhead and around us, keeping the black gnats and mosquitoes at bay. My friend and I were able to continue with our walk and visit.

How often problems come swarming around us to a point where we lack the will to continue. We feel defeated. Yet God has not left us alone to face obstacles or difficulties. God’s Spirit is present and nearby, ready to help overcome struggles on life’s journey.

Prayer for Peace
Ever-present God, your Spirit may come as a rushing wind, tongues of flame, silence, or a swarm of dragonflies. May we be aware of the help that comes from you. Help us accept the mystery of your creation. May we be at peace, knowing you are with us in many ways.

Spiritual Practice: Caring for God’s Sacred Creation
Choose a way to notice, give thanks, and care for God’s sacred creation. Prayerfully consider one of the following practices or create your own. Walk in nature with a spirit of gratitude while looking and listening for God in all things. Write or pray a psalm of praise for the Earth’s beauty or a prayer of healing and blessing for its wounds.

Learn about and engage in an act of Earth-keeping such as recycling, simple living, or fasting from over-consumption of resources. Notice the diversity of the planet’s creatures and be gentle to plants, animals, trees, and people! Fall in love with the vast, intricate wonder of God’s creation and give thanks.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will accept the mystery that you are.

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