Brenda Williams of Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Beloved children of the Restoration, your continuing faith adventure with God has been divinely led, eventful, challenging, and sometimes surprising to you. By the grace of God, you are poised to fulfill God’s ultimate vision for the church. The challenges and opportunities are momentous. Will you remain hesitant in the shadows of your fears, insecurities, and competing loyalties? Or will you move forward in the light of your divinely instilled call and vision? The mission of Jesus Christ is what matters most for the journey ahead. -Doctrine and Covenants 164:9a, e-f
Music is a deep source of spiritual blessing for me. It is often the inner sermon to my soul on Sunday mornings or when it is difficult for me to meditate because of restlessness. A couple of years ago when my heart could not focus because my mind had lots to talk about, I began meditative walking using instrumental sacred music to draw me inward. I didn’t label it prayer, yet that was its essence. I recently read St. Augustine’s words, “He who sings, prays twice.” Wow! My heart sings frequently, day or night. And I did not know its impact.
Audio divina uses music as a sacred text for contemplative prayer. It has become a favorite spiritual practice of mine through which I receive comfort, joy, hope, and moments of reflection. I purposely chose to practice audio divina recently when “Kiss the Rain” by Yiruma came on my iPhone as I was walking. The haunting instrumental music stirred memories of the morning my older brother died. Tears streaming down my face, I felt embraced and assured that he was fine. God was with us as my brother and I said our goodbyes. My aching heart heard, “If you miss me, kiss the rain and I’ll be there,” words that still resonate with me. (That’s a paraphrase of the song’s lyrics.)
As I listened now a year and a half later, the stirring of that moment came back, but there was more. Beyond that memory came the summons to trust. It was Christ holding me and assuring me He (Christ) remains with me as we journey together-whatever comes in this chaotic world. For me the music is emotive; then it swells as if rising to a new day-sunlit and full of promise. Uplifting and bathed in light, it strengthens my heart. All is going to be well-for all of us.
“Light dawns on a weary world.” CCS 240
The Light of God
Epiphany invites us to focus on the light of God. Close your eyes and draw your attention to your breath. As you breathe gently in and out, reflect on the statement, “The light of God is in all things.” The light has a bright, soft beauty and radiates God’s healing love. The light of God reaches you and permeates you with a deep sense of peace. Rest in the light as it surrounds and fills you. Thank God that you live in God’s light and it lives in you.
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.