Julie Conway Sword of Gainesville, FL, 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. -Doctrine and Covenants 163:11a
My neighbors recently took a year-long planned vacation to New Zealand and Australia. Though Mary was battling chronic leukemia at their departure, the trip appeared to be going well. But at one point her condition demanded immediate treatment and hospitalization. After only a few weeks she passed away in Sydney, Australia.
I could only imagine Jim’s grief, returning home without Mary to an empty, cold house. My heart went out to him. From my own experiences I knew how he might feel. What could I do, I prayed.
The evening of Jim’s scheduled return, I took some hot soup, fresh cornbread, and a flower to greet his arrival home. The next day I listened to his long, tear-shedding story. Since Mary had been my friend, too, I wept with him. Then in a few weeks Mary’s box of ashes arrived at their home, presenting another stepping stone in Jim’s grief cycle.
God is calling: Yesterday? Tomorrow? Today? Now? God is calling for a prophetic community-one that reads the signs of the times in the lives of those around us, that is characterized by uncommon devotion to the compassion and peace of God revealed in Jesus Christ. Where is God calling us next?
We are one in Christ.
Week Two: Unity in Diversity
World Conference is a living practice of unity in diversity and blessings of community. We enjoy seeing sisters and brothers from around the globe, but also acknowledge that cultural differences can be challenging for us when we discuss issues we care about deeply. How is the Spirit seeking to widen your capacity for receiving the wisdom, experience, and stories of people who think differently from you?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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