God the Comforter
Scott Lacey of San Francisco, CA, USA
You who are my disciples must be found continuing in the forefront of those organizations and movements which are recognizing the worth of persons and are committed to bringing the ministry of my Son to bear on their lives. -Doctrine and Covenants 151:9
About six hours ago, I walked into my neurologist’s office. Thirty minutes later, I walked out angered by what he said. He spoke truth, but I was mad. I felt like things were starting to slip away from me. The disease was taking control, and I was losing it. For the next hour, I kept saying, “I\’m so mad. I’m just going to be mad.” Off and on, Christopher, my partner, would ask how I was doing. “I\’m mad. I’m cranky. I have no control over this.”
My subtext was pity party, woe is me, etc. Then we started watching television. Sitcoms made me smile and forget. As I watched my favorite drama unfold, I was taken in by a story line about a man who literally had nothing and simply didn’t know how he was going to care for his wounds. As I wept on our couch, I once again realized that I have everything I need: family, friends, abundant support, unfathomable love. I have everything, literally everything, I need. I am blessed beyond measure. I have an extraordinary life, and I am humbled by it all. God is indeed the Great Comforter.
The kingdom of God is among you (Luke 17:21).
Ordinary Time is a season for waking up to what is already here, to the kingdom of God already among us. Spend time each day breathing in the presence of God wherever you are. Notice how simple interactions, tasks, and relationships are sacred opportunities to share and receive God’s love, justice, and peace. Pay attention to the sacred quality of everyday, ordinary life. How is the kingdom of God seeking to be embodied through you each day?
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