Guided by Hope
Stassi Cramm, First Presidency
The Spirit of the One you follow is the spirit of love and peace. That Spirit seeks to abide in the hearts of those who would embrace its call and live its message. The path will not always be easy, the choices will not always be clear, but the cause is sure and the Spirit will bear witness to the truth, and those who live the truth will know the hope and the joy of discipleship in the community of Christ. Amen. -Doctrine and Covenants 161:7 (emphasis added)
The First Presidency meets weekly when we are all available. We always start with a time of worship and reflection. One day we were using the spiritual practice of Dwelling in the Word. Our focus was on Doctrine and Covenants 161:7. I found myself drawn to the two phrases that are bolded in this scripture.
As these phrases swirled in my mind, I thought about the focus of hope, love, joy, and peace in Advent and our mission statement. Advent is the season of expectant waiting. This means we don’t wait idly for what is being born. We are invited to be engaged in the process and trust what is being born as the Spirit shapes our expectations.
Like the prophets of old, we are guided by stubborn hope that God’s vision of Shalom will be fulfilled. Like Mary and Joseph, we journey in love for God and each other. Like the shepherds, we choose joy over fear and seek to find God’s purposes revealed in the world. Like the angels, we sing and act to bring peace on Earth and good will to all humanity and creation.
Perhaps the link between Advent and our mission statement was intentional. May our Advent journey inform us about the nature of the communities we are called to promote. May we embrace the promises in Doctrine and Covenants 161:7 remembering hope and joy come when together we embrace and live the message of Jesus, the peaceful, one who loves all people.
“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
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.