Look Back—Remember…Look Forward—Envision

Tuesday, December 31

12-31By John Bonney of Springfield, Oregon, USA

Lift up your eyes and fix them on the place beyond the horizon to which you are sent. Journey in trust, assured that the great and marvelous work is for this time and for all time.

—Doctrine and Covenants161:1a

I just won a game of solitaire and I’m happy. Oh, you think I should get a life? Now don’t feel sorry for me just because I like to sit alone in front of my computer and play solitaire. Winning only happens 11% of the time, according to the program’s records. Yes, my solitaire game is leading up to my message.

Do you know the feeling “I’ve been here and done this before?” I don’t mean déjà vu. I mean “I’ve gone this way so often I can almost see myself returning.” I’d be on the road, heading somewhere. I’d have an agenda, see the same highway, meet the same people, drive thousands of miles, and I imagined I could see myself returning! I would leave in the morning for my destination and I would think, “There I am coming back later today or tomorrow.” I don’t know if others feel this way.

I am not comfortable in the present. I don’t do now. I spend much time in the past because I thrive on nostalgia. I like to look back and remember. But I also look forward and envision. Entering the new year is a good time for this.

I live in a world of creativity and imagination. I like people, but prefer to be alone. I enjoy music, poetry, and the visual arts. These venues may be common ground for you and me, but in other ways I feel I have a different personality than most. Unity in Diversity—one of the Community of Christ Enduring Principles, allows me to fit into my community. I am happier than winning a game of solitaire knowing I am accepted and loved the way I am—by God and you.

Prayer for Peace
We thank you, God, for the familiarity of the past and the mystery of the future. Walk with us into the new year.

Spiritual Practice: Ongoing Revelation
One enduring principle of Community of Christ is Continuing Revelation. We are a people always in process, becoming shaped by God’s interaction with us. In prayer, listen deeply to the name, “Community of Christ.” Write or say a prayer asking God to continue to form us through our name. Listen deeply to what it would mean to live in community, following and sharing the way of Christ.

Peace Covenant
I commit myself anew to sharing Christ’s peace in the fresh, new year.

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