No Matter How Little

Saturday, February 8

2-8By Ramona Seeley of Leeton, Missouri, USA

You are called to create pathways in the world for peace in Christ to be relationally and culturally incarnate. The hope of Zion is realized when the vision of Christ is embodied in communities of generosity, justice, and peacefulness.

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:3a

I have a testimony with a simple message. My father was a railroad engineer on the Chicago-Burlington-Quincy Railroad in Northern Illinois. He was also an elder in Community of Christ. As a child, I didn’t realize we were in the middle of a Great Depression.

Transient people came to our house every day. They first asked if there was any work they could do. We never turned anyone away. We shared whatever food we had, no matter how little.

Today, with modern communication technology, we instantly are aware of the suffering, poverty, and diseases of our world. Jesus would not have us turn anyone away. He would have us share whatever we have, no matter how little.

I once lived in a community
where people chatted over low fences,
and screened windows stayed open at night.
The only intruders were neighbors
who entered to set fresh bread
or an apple pie on the table.
The roadside stand was laden with tomatoes ripened in the sun,
and a hand-lettered sign said,
“Weigh your purchase and put your money in the box.
Would it be possible for all the people of the world
to live in such trust and peace?

—Peggy Michael

Prayer for Peace
Generous God, may we never turn away those in need. May we take on your compassion and share what we have, no matter how little.

Spiritual Practice: Honoring the Worth of All Persons
Sense the intimate knowledge and love God has for you and everyone. Be aware of the sacred Worth of All Persons. Weep with God over the soul-wounding forces and events that rob people of dignity and worth. How are you invited to notice, protect, heal, and affirm the spiritual identity of all God’s beloved people today? Pray for God’s compassion.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will accept the invitation to protect, heal, and affirm the dignity of the vulnerable.

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  1. Katie

     /  8 February 2014

    Oh, I loved reading this this morning. 🙂


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