Saturday, March 8


3-8By Sherri Kirkpatrick of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA


The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, divine ears are open to their cry.17 …When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.


—Psalm 34:15, 17–18, adapted


The Kafwa health workers in Kenya are astounding. I am privileged to accompany them on several home visits throughout the year. One of the more memorable people I met was Tomilla, who was born in 1910—you do the math! She had 13 children, 11 of whom died after they were adults. She now lives with one of her 18 grandchildren.


When I entered Tomilla’s house she was sitting on the floor, leaning against a sofa that had lost most of its stuffing. She had a charcoal brazier by her side to keep warm. She immediately apologized for not having any mutnkgo, a beverage traditionally served to guests.


She had fallen a few years ago, breaking her hip. She now scoots on the floor, explaining, “These are my legs now” (indicating her hands). She has an incredible sense of humor!


When I complimented her on a colorful red and yellow flowered turban wrapped around her head, she looked puzzled. She reached up, patted it, and then broke into a wide smile as she remembered what she was wearing.


When I asked if she liked having the Kafwa come every week, she said, “Sana!” which means very much in Swahili. “Now I know the burden is lighter.” When we got ready to leave, her daughter-in-law, who is her primary caregiver, said, “I feel like dancing! This house does not often receive visitors because it is so poor.”


This home visit was a blessing to me.


Prayer for Peace
As the oceans connect the continents, God, connect us with the spirit of community. May we bring to mind those who are far off and who have a need. Bless us to be a blessing to them.


Spiritual Practice: Offering Blessings of Community
Receive and share Blessings of Community. Begin with a prayer of gratitude for the relationships in your life. See and feel connections with family members, spiritual friends, people in your congregation and community, and people and creatures in God’s sacred web of life. What blessings flow to you from these circles? How have you felt the love of the community?


Reflect, pray, or write in your journal about the call to be “Community of Christ.” Go deeper each day as you discern what act of blessing you are invited to complete.


Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will learn of another culture and respond to its needs.                        


Leave a comment


  1. Thank you for sharing with us ……situations you have seen with your own eyes…….which make me feel that I can do more to help the poor.

  2. Diane Akers

     /  8 March 2014

    Thank you for going to places many of us will never see——–and ministering to those who love the Lord. You are a sensitive, loving, giving person that knows and feels each ones heart and worth of each person!


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