Gifts from God
John Wight, senior president of seventy
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28
My wife and I recently had the opportunity to spend a week with our recently-born twin grandsons (and their mommy and daddy, too). The experience caused me to reflect on a number of things relative to our theme of “Trust What Is Being Born.”
First, it caused me to remember the journey to their birth. Our daughter had been told by medical professionals that she would not be able to have children. This was a great disappointment to her and her husband. But they had adjusted to this knowledge and were moving ahead with life. Then the happy news arrived: she was pregnant. And not with just one baby, but two. We all felt this was an answer to prayer and a wonderful gift from God.
As the pregnancy continued, there were a few complications, so grandma and grandpa had some concerns about “what was being born.” Then the boys entered the world, still with a few complications and concerns.
As I held and fed Cruise and Valentin over that week, I got acquainted with two beautiful little people. Despite the complications and concerns, here they were in my arms being the children they were created to be, full of vim, vigor, and vitality-and curiosity. It became clear that we all could have trusted what was being born, even with the concerns and complications.
And all of that has caused me to think about the journey we are on as a church. Yes, it is a journey of metamorphosis brought about by a number of factors, and it is filled with questions, concerns, and complications. But just like with the twins, I have realized that we can, indeed, trust what is being born. As we seek guidance through discernment, we can trust that God is with us and that if we follow that guidance, what is born will be a gift from God. It will be a gift that is new and exciting and perhaps even unexpected. And it will be full of vim, vigor, and vitality as we seek to fulfill our role in the mission of Jesus Christ which “is what matters most for the journey ahead” (Doctrine and Covenants 164:9f).
“Trust what is being born.”
Jesus, the Peaceful One
We have spent this year with a guiding question: Are we moving closer to Jesus, the Peaceful One? As we near the end of this calendar year, we review how this question has been shaping and forming us. In our thoughts, words, and actions, have we been embodying Jesus, the Peaceful One? What might it look like to move closer to Jesus, the Peaceful One as we make space in our lives for Christ incarnate this Advent season?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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