Your Creation Calls to Me

Monday, October 14

10-14By Darrell Belrose of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion.

—Psalm 9:9–10

The Hills of Peace reunion directors challenged campers to express their thoughts on Doctrine and Covenants 163:7a, “. . . Scripture has been written and shaped by human authors through experiences of revelation and continuing inspiration of the Holy Spirit . . .”

The leaders then asked if we could be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and write a psalm to the glory of God, telling how we experienced God. One group wrote:

I stand alone, bathed in your love.
I listen—
I hear the trembling leaves
that whisper my name.
I hear the birds sweetly singing
your praises.
The wind caresses my soul;
The waters sparkle with joy at my feet.
Your creation calls to me
and I am here—
reluctant, yet welcomed,
unworthy, yet loved,
sinful, yet forgiven.
I stand in your presence, O Lord.
I praise your name!

I am eternally grateful for the challenge to be mindful, to live in the present moment and experience a creating and inspirational God!

Prayer for Peace
Hear our prayer, O Lord. Forgive us when we do not respond to your presence. May we always listen for your voice in trembling leaves, and answer when your creation calls. We praise your name for Christ’s peace, which we may share.

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.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will write a psalm singing my gratitude for creation.

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