The Spiritual Being

Thursday, August 1

8-1By Dorene Kilburn of Stratford, Ontario, Canada

When your willingness to live in sacred community as Christ’s new creation exceeds your natural fear of spiritual and relational transformation, you will become who you are called to be.

—Doctrine and Covenants 164:9b

My husband picked up a book on Native American spirituality. As he leafed through it, some words jumped out at him, something about our not being human beings on a spiritual journey, but rather spiritual beings on a human journey. that thought piqued our interest, so we bought the book.

I don’t think either of us fully understands, even now, what that statement means, though we continue to gain insights as we study and pray. Humans often search for happiness in the wrong places and in the wrong ways. Getting to the top of the corporate ladder and amassing an impressive investment portfolio does not ensure happiness or even security.

If we see ourselves as spiritual beings on a human journey, then our priorities are different. We long for communion with God. We want our spirit to be in tune with the Spirit. We strive for transforming friendship with Jesus Christ. That spiritual connection makes our human experience significant. It also comforts and bears us up in the dark places along the way.

As spiritual beings, God gives us new insight and perhaps a glimpse beyond the horizon. We see new possibilities for service as Christ shows us his mission for us. Each new day is an adventure with him.

Prayer for Peace
Holy Spirit, transform us so we may recognize ourselves as spiritual beings. Keep us aware of our role in the sacred community. Keep us steadfastly sharing the peace of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Spiritual Hunger
Jesus discerned hungers of body and spirit, and he fed them through a physical, verbal, spiritual ministry of presence. In a time of listening prayer ask God to help you discern physical or spiritual hungers of people in your congregation, community, and global family. Invite the Spirit to move you to one hospitable act that “feeds” someone’s hunger today.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will share my spiritual being with another.


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