These Are the Ones We Should Serve…

Tuesday, February 18

2-18By Geoff Henshaw of Independence, Missouri, USA

Heed the urgent call to become a global family united in the name of the Christ, committed in love to one another, seeking the kingdom for which you yearn and to which you have always been summoned. That kingdom shall be a peaceable one and it shall be known as Zion.

—Doctrine and Covenants 161:6b

The second stanza of the Ghana folk song, “Yesu, Yesu, Fill Us with Your Love” (Community of Christ Sings 367*) describes neighbors who are “nearby and far way.” Typically, when we think of neighbors, we think of those next door or on the same street or block. Neighbors not only live next door, but far away. A group visiting the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri, illustrated the truth of that understanding to me.

While visiting with the group I learned two were from Australia, my home country. I asked the guests, “What part of Australia are you from?” A woman replied, “Melbourne.” My delight grew. That was my home city. I next asked the name of the suburb where they lived. Much to our mutual surprise we discovered we were all from the same neighborhood. I wondered what else we had in common—visiting Temples? Yes. Christianity? Probably. Seeing our neighbors as a gift from God? I hope so!

We exchanged names and contact information—promising to make contact when I next visit Australia. We were neighbors from the same neighborhood meeting for the first time on the other side of the globe. Indeed, “neighbors are rich folk and poor; Neighbors are black, brown and white; Neighbors are nearby and far away.”

Prayer for Peace
Universal God, help us connect with neighbors from around the world who have the common interest of sharing Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: The International Community
Find (or imagine) a globe or map of the world. Look at all the nations and find a country other than your own. Notice the geographic distance between your homeland and this one. Picture a person living there. Pray for this person. Sense God’s love connecting you just as the oceans connect the continents. Thank God for the spiritual connection you have with all of God’s people around the globe. Ask a blessing on the church as a community sharing Christ’s peace, drawing all into the family of God.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will say a prayer of peace for the person I know who lives farthest from me.

*(Words by Tom Colvin and Clair E. Weldon © 1969 Hope Publishing House)

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  1. Adele

     /  18 February 2014

    Yes Geoff, it is great to meet folk when traveling, and someone from “home” is especially special. Also when traveling, seem to have a more open attitude towards initiating random conversations with others. Very refreshing.


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