Children of God

Friday, October 10

10-10By Evelyn Richardson of Nauvoo, Illinois, USA

“And blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”

—3 Nephi 5:56

He was 3 years old. He had a twin brother, but the doctor diagnosed him alone with leukemia. He started his ordeal with weekly chemotherapy treatments and seemed in good spirits despite all he would face over the next three years.

After his first chemo session, the doctors let him go home and sleep in his own bed. The next day he asked to go to the end of the driveway to get the mail, as if that were a privilege and wonderful adventure. His mother loaded him into his little red wagon and pulled him to the mailbox.

On the way back, he asked his mother to stop for a moment. When she did, he sat in his wagon and looked all around in silence—taking it in as if seeing it for the first time. He finally spoke and said, “Mommy isn’t everything beautiful?”

His words tugged at her heart as she answered, “Yes, honey. Everything sure is beautiful.”

A 3-year-old child, facing the fight of his life, made her realize the wonder of God’s creation. Let us take time to enjoy life to its fullest while we can. Let us recognize the sacredness of God’s creation around us, as if seeing it for the first time.

Fragile blue of robin’s egg—
the blue that says, look, don’t touch
Watery blue of grandma’s eyes—
the blue that says, I’d look if I could

                                      —Lu Mountenay

Prayer for Peace Compassionate God, when our vision is cloudy, clear our mind to see the love you have for your creation. Clear away jaded judgments that block our childlike wonder. May we be intentional in seeing and appreciative of what we see. May we be intentional as we share Christ’s peace.

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 voices 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 see your world anew on my way to the mailbox.

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4 Comments

  1. Vera Entwistle

     /  10 October 2014

    Good morning Evelyn. Thank you for reminding me of my years of working with children with cancer. So many times they reminded me how precious life is and they prompted me not to take it for granted. I saw the message from Viv, and want her to know she is on my prayer list.

  2. Diane Akers

     /  10 October 2014

    Thanks for the beautiful thoughts of seeing the world through the eyes of a childs love! Bless his heart!

  3. deb batey

     /  10 October 2014

    Hi Evelyn
    Thank you for your message I lost my sister to leukemia 6 years ago even though she was very sick she couldn’t seem to get enough of the world around her. I often think that I must live life to the fullest in order not only to honor her spirit but also to honor god.

  4. I needed to see this today, I also have leukaemia and when I was first diagnosed every day seemed wonderful but for the last few weeks things have got me down, reading this reminds me of where I need to be and how grateful I should be

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