Christmas Gift for the Fire Station

12-14Saturday, December 14

By Karin Peter of Adrian, Missouri, USA

All are called according to the gifts of God unto them; and to the intent that all may labor together, let those that labor in the ministry and those that toil in the affairs of the people of business and of work labor together with God for the accomplishment of the work entrusted to all.

—Doctrine and Covenants 119:8b, adapted

Most folks in the Jackson (Mississippi) Congregation don’t live in the same neighborhood as their church building. They wanted a way that they could be good neighbors. They learned about the Atlanta North (Georgia) Congregation’s ministry with a nearby fire station. They learned the firefighters work in three rotation shifts.

“We decided we could pray for each shift on the day they work and take them goodies once a month,” Julie Wright explained. That’s when the congregation members learned that when a call came, the firefighters looked at a large wall map to pinpoint the location. The firefighters did not have global-positioning systems (GPS) in the trucks.

By the following spring, the Jackson Congregation had raised enough money to buy GPS units and accessory kits for both fire trucks. It might not be the direction members expected their ministry to go, but they are responding to challenges and opportunities where ever they can. They’re trying to relieve physical and spiritual suffering, build healthy connections with those who serve their community, and ensure a timely response for people in crisis. They are experiencing their congregation in mission.

Prayer for Peace
God of Wisdom, point us in a new direction. Help us search for and find new ways to help and serve our communities. Help us find new opportunities to share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice for Lent: Hope
Close your mind to troubling thoughts from the past by placing them in God’s generous hands and letting them go. Let God speak to your fearful heart. Think of your hope for the future—open windows in your mind through which you can see compassionate actions. Reflect on the approaching hope of the Christ child. What is your part in the reason for that hope? Rejoice in the Hope of the world.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will partner with the people of the community for the mission you have entrusted to us.

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2 Comments

  1. Tshiula

     /  19 January 2014

    Envoyé de mon iPhone

  2. Heather Smith

     /  14 December 2013

    What a beautiful uplifting message – thank you!!

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