Use Words if Necessary

Saturday, March 22

3-22By Barrie Fox of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England

And above all things clothe yourselves with the bond of charity, as with a mantle, which is a bond of perfectness and peace; pray always, that you may not faint until I come; behold, and lo, I will come quickly, and receive you unto myself.  Amen.

—Doctrine and Covenants 85:38c

The Clay Cross Congregation in the British Isles recently committed to make emergency food available for people in crisis. To consider this service project, we met at the church. People attended from many congregations of other denominations. Most committed to involvement in the new program.

The general public gives non-perishable food, which volunteers pack into parcels. Doctors and social workers give food-bank vouchers to people in crisis. People can exchange these vouchers for a three-day food supply. Our congregation opens the food-bank about three hours a week. Other churches open their doors at alternate times.

While recruiting volunteers, I often see them hesitate. I see them looking doubtful. People think, at first, “I can’t do this.” What a blessing when I hear the words, “Yes, I’ll try to do that!”

Francis of Assisi sent his friars into the villages and cities, telling them to preach the gospel everywhere they could. He then told them to use words only if necessary. It’s the same today—actions speak louder than words! I praise God that our congregation “speaks” to the community in need.

Prayer for Peace
Generous God, bless us as we share with those in need. Open our hearts as we serve them. Open our doors that we may welcome them. Open our lives as we share the peace of Christ.

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, I will speak with charitable actions.

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1 Comment

  1. Rose Emerson

     /  9 May 2014

    Sent from my iPad


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