Revealing Steps

Thursday, November 28

11-28By Lu Mountenay of Independence, Missouri, USA

Collectively and individually, you are loved with an everlasting love that delights in each faithful step taken…

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:10

Moses stepped down from the mountain
confronted by God’s mystery
challenged by God’s authority
changed by God’s love.
Tablets enfolded in strong arms—
Heavy. Heavy on his heart.
Disappointed by the people
broken covenant
broken hearts
broken tablets.
Moses stepped back up the mountain
into the Presence.
Brokenness reflected
people atoned
covenant renewed
Mosaic law restored
and God said,
“It is an awesome thing
I will do with you.”
And the people were healed.

If you look closely at a piece of mosaic art you might see rough, ragged edges. The artist breaks individual pieces into irregular shapes and sizes—no two exactly alike. They don’t fit with perfect and precise margins. You’ll find the pieces varying in color and you might not see how they matter to the big picture. Step back.

Now we see. The difference in colors is what it’s all about. This light shade brings the figure forward; this dark shade takes it back, creating a shadow, lending depth. The artist groups like-colored shapes together forming an image—perhaps a figure or a landscape emerges. Placing contrasting colors next to each other defines a new shape for us. The varied surfaces of the tiles, glass, or other pieces, help define the artist’s theme and give it texture. Step closer.

We lose the intended shapes once more. The image disappears. We see chaos again. The artist created this piece with a certain perspective in mind. The various colors, textures, and shapes have a purpose—they do matter. Step back.

The image comes back into focus. The fragments work together to complete the whole when we don’t try to judge each piece’s worth. When compelled to judge, we need to step back and pause. Now, reflect on one particular tile, one life. If we left it out because of its flaws, the creation would not be complete. All Are Called. Diversity unifies us. We are whole.

Prayer for Peace
Creator God, may we always find Unity in Diversity.

Spiritual Practice: Honoring Unity in Diversity
Meditate on Unity in Diversity. Create a large circle with your arms. See and feel the diverse people God invites inside the sanctuary of Christ’s peace. Ask God to forgive and heal barriers of unfamiliarity that keep you and others from being one in Christ’s peace.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will step back to get a better perspective on what matters most.

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  2. Jeannie Strout

     /  29 November 2013

    Thanks so much for this post.

  3. Marlene Krueger

     /  28 November 2013

    Beatiful way to teach about diversity. Thank you, Lu

  4. Sarah Nieft

     /  28 November 2013

    Thanks, Lu, for your beautiful reflection on this Thanksgiving Day. It is inspiring!


    “How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and that there will never be a time when it is not now.” Joie de vivre — live in joy

    Sent from my iPad



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