I’ll Not Refuse Again

Saturday, January 25

1-25By Peggy Michael of Cantonment, Florida, USA

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. The rise of Zion the beautiful, the peaceful reign of Christ, awaits your wholehearted response to the call to make and steadfastly hold to God’s covenant of peace in Jesus Christ.

—Doctrine and Covenants 164:9b

God called to me so often in a whisper, soft and clear.
But my proud and stubborn heart still refused to hear.
God spoke the voice of thunder, in the loud and howling wind.
I heeded not the call before—I’ll not refuse again.

Oh, the generous hands of God that nurture and provide
season after season,  coaxing seeds from where they hide.
What can I offer God who supplies my daily bread,
offers grace, peace, and love, and a place to lay my head?

I offer gratitude and an answer to the call
to end the suffering on Earth for each one and for all.

Prayer for Peace
Eternal God, please never give up on us. When we turn away, call louder. Penetrate our hearts with your love until we respond. Coax us from where we hide in fear, so we may become whom you would have us be.

Spiritual Practice: Abolish Poverty, End Suffering
Read and reflect on John 21:15–17 as a meditation. Let your mind be drawn to places where people have no homes. Think of refugees whose homes were destroyed by war or natural disaster. Be aware of the hungry and homeless, who wander the streets or live in shelters. Let the images fill your mind. Offer a prayer for those who suffer. Imagine Christ tending those sheep. Think of ways you might end their suffering as part of your mission. Throughout the day, carry in your mind the voice of Christ saying: “Feed my lambs…tend my sheep…feed my sheep.”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, my response will be at your first call.

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  1. Bob Ayre

     /  25 January 2014

    So often I tend to serve Christ and forget that as I serve Christ I also enrich my own life with his eternal blessings. Service to Christ brings us a joy and richness of life that we can not find elsewhere.

    Bob Ayre
    Forest Hills Congregation
    Louisville Kentucky I

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