A New Life in Christ

Tuesday, June 25

6-25By Cindy Korf of North Platte, Nebraska, USA

I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

—Ezekiel 37:26–27

I live in a part of the United States once called the “Great American Desert.” It is land that was considered unfit for cultivation and inhabitation by people, mainly because of the lack of water. Yet, as the early pioneers traversed this land, the sight of lone windmills soon sprinkled the terrain. Those windmills—the source of water and life—changed this land into a place of value and new life.

We, too, are sparse in an inhospitable world. We who would be sanctuaries and signal communities for those on a spiritual journey can point to a God whose dwelling place is among us. Through Christ, each of us becomes a new person, a landmark offering hope and life in a barren world. We can be windmills for the wearied voyager by directing them to the living water of Christ. Here they will find a new and blessed life. What once was considered worthless is now rich and valuable.

Prayer for Peace
God who sends us Living Water, we need not thirst again. God who sets sanctuary among us, we are not afraid. God who calls us to be sanctuary for others, may we share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Invite People to Christ
Read and reflect on Doctrine and Covenants 162:3b and 163:2b. Pray to be aware of people who might be receptive, and therefore blessed, by your sharing of the message of the Living Christ. Imagine being in relationship with them and inviting them to Christ. In preparation, discover your personal testimony of Christ. “Be persistent in your witness and diligent in your mission to the world.” Repeat this mantra throughout the day: “Christ’s mission, our mission, my mission.”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will be a beacon for the lost, a well for the thirsty.

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