Written on God’s Palm
By Greg Savage of Lee’s Summit, MO, USA
God is calling for a prophetic community to emerge, drawn from the nations of the world, that is characterized by uncommon devotion to the compassion and peace of God revealed in Jesus Christ. Through divine grace and wisdom, this faith community has been given abundant gifts, resources, and opportunities to equip it to become such a people. Chief among these is the power of community in Christ expressed locally in distinctive fashions while upholding a unity of vision, foundational beliefs, and mission throughout the world.
There are many issues that could easily consume the time and energy of the church. However, the challenge before a prophetic people is to discern and pursue what matters most for the journey ahead. —Doctrine and Covenants 163:11
The last couple of months have been full of frustration and sadness due to the World Church budget shortfalls. I felt perhaps I had not done enough as a mission funding specialist in the Bishopric office. Church leadership announced significant cutbacks would take place at International Headquarters and in the worldwide field. Would I be one of those let go, or would I keep my position?
Amid chaos and speculation, Easter Sunday came to mind. Having been out of town for work the previous few Sundays, I decided to attend my home congregation, Stone Church. This is a place of peace, comfort, tradition, and support for me.
The Easter message was of traditional hope as my pastor walked us through the well-known scriptures of the Crucifixion, the death, the tomb, and the garden. She spoke of the importance of the testimony of the risen Christ to all disciples. And then, she asked what the Easter message is for us. For her it was God’s love in the gift of Jesus.
Her final comments centered on the Isaiah scripture, “I will not forget you, for I have written your name on the palm of my hand.” At the end of the service, she invited us to write our names on a large poster board with a drawing of a hand to symbolize that God knows us personally.
For me, this act was a powerful, spiritual affirmation. Two days later we would learn whether we had jobs or not. It was a “black Tuesday,” but I sat in my office doing my work with a calmed spirit. Whatever the decision about my future employment, I am not forgotten—I can see my name written on the palm of God’s hand.
Prayer for Peace
As you remember us, God, may we remember those in need. As you comfort us, may we comfort others with the peace of the risen Christ.
Spiritual Practice: Praying for Leadership of the Church
An important spiritual practice for disciples is praying for members of the body of Christ, especially those who carry leadership responsibilities. Ask God to guide your awareness of people who lead the community of faith in congregations, mission centers, and the World Church. Pray for God’s outpouring of grace on each servant leader who comes to mind.
Today, God, I will not despair of you forgetting me. I will clasp the hand of another, and together, we will remember your love.