Who Will Tell the Story Today?

Monday, April 21

4-21By Lu Mountenay of Independence, Missouri, USA

Be respectful of tradition. Do not fail to listen attentively to the telling of the sacred story, for the story of scripture and of faith empowers and illuminates…

—Doctrine and Covenants 161:5

The large cemetery was right across the street from my childhood home. A thick laurel hedge with dark, shiny leaves bordered the grounds. We knew where the secret portals were—the few thin places in the foliage wall that we could squeeze through. We came to think of it as our evening playground from closing time and after.

We liked to play hide-and-seek behind the gravestones, and it never occurred to us to be afraid. It never occurred to us that we were trampling on “sacred” ground. We were unaware.

We were not just errant trespassers but great translators of the characters on the markers in the Chinese and Jewish sections. The stones were mysterious and elaborate. We would try to describe the people buried there and tell their life story. We made each other wonder with our wild imaginations.

Some markers were old. We would try to find the oldest in the yard. We never looked for the newest one—we stayed away from the fresh mounds of soil. Somehow, even as children, we knew death was too close at these points.

My favorite marker was a large, natural stone that had large, ruggedly carved letters—“DAD.” Only that—no names or dates like the other markers. However, I had the feeling he was just as beloved as the other ones. He was someone’s wonderful dad.

I wonder…did children play around Christ’s empty tomb? Were they curious about the man who left it so mysteriously? Did they know what an impact he would have on the future of the world? Would they wonder at his rising from the grave to bring everlasting life? Who answered their questions? Who will tell the sacred story today?

Prayer for Peace
Mysterious God who presides over life and death, may we be faithful to the sacred story and carry it forward. May we carry Christ’s peace forward to share.

Spiritual Practice: Listening to Children
Sit in your quiet place and center your heart and mind on God’s presence. Spend several minutes asking God to bring into your awareness the names and images of children in your life. You may see their faces or hear their voice as you receive these impressions. Listen deeply to the unique gifts and needs of the children who come to mind. Offer a prayer of blessing for each child and the needs you sense. If you feel led, you also may want to write a note or card and give a message of affirmation and love to each child.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will delve into my memory and find a sacred story to tell.

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2 Comments

  1. I copy these pages by month and then print them in packets for a few of those who do not use computers. Somehow I missed this one last month, Lu! It brought me to tears. Thank you once again for your amazing insight into the human soul.

  2. David Brock

     /  21 April 2014

    Keep leading us with your imagination and wonder, Lu Mountenay. A blessed Easter season to you and all who read this message of personal gratitude for the Daily Bread, for Lu Mountenay and for all who form this on-line community of disciples and seekers.

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