Gone but not Forgotten

Friday, September 19

9-19By Cindy Thomas of Independence, Missouri, USA

But the meek shall inherit the land, and delight themselves in abundant peace.

—Psalm 37:11, NRSV adapted

I went back several times over the years to visit the place of my youth. The farmhouse, outbuildings, trees, roads, pastures, and hills brought vivid memories.

Returning to my home caused me to reflect on where I had come from and how that place shaped who I am as an adult. I have not returned in the last few years because the farmhouse, trees, and buildings are now gone.

I realize the importance of that place is not in the physical buildings and landscape. The people, the friends, the community made the lasting changes within me. I know, too, the church buildings, reunion grounds, and people that nourished my spiritual growth throughout the years may no longer exist, but the friendships made leave a lasting and peaceful presence in my life.

Friendship is a two-way street,
sharing without measure
and often proving costly.
In this bond, lives are interwoven,
giving and accepting.
Humbly we try to meet
these exacting needs.
Even so, I beg of you—
May I call you friend?

                                                                                           —Peggy Michael

Prayer for Peace God of the past, present, and future, we thank you for the people in our lives. As they have blessed us in days gone by, may we bless others with friendship and by sharing Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Teacher-Learner The first disciples of Jesus followed to hear his words, to be taught, to learn a new way of living, to practice what they learned in daily life. Prayerfully consider your role as a teacher-learner, disciple-apprentice; a people cultivator in Community of Christ. In your journal write the names of several people you discern as teachers or mentors and several you feel called to nurture and encourage in specific ways. Ask God’s blessing on you and your congregation as a community of learners.

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will remember those who helped shape me. I will consider who may need my help on their spiritual journey.