Ed Van Meter of Las Vegas, NV, USA
And ye will not have a mind to injure one another, but to live peaceably, and to render unto every one according to that which is his or her due. -Mosiah 2:24, adapted
I stopped for lunch on the way to work this afternoon. On the wall of the restaurant hung a photo of a wonderful moment caught on camera of a grandfather with his grandson. They walk hand in hand, heads turned to gaze at one another, in the midst of a pleasant conversation.
As I passed by it, I could not ignore the “me” in the middle of my life: not yet a grandfather and yet no longer a young boy. Or was I?
The image I saw wasn’t about the place in the road on which I now stood, but about the road ahead and the opportunities that are yet to come. It was about memories and lessons which I can still leave behind for another generation.
Leaving the restaurant I passed by the photo once more. The image spoke to the older me who reflected back to an image of a young boy I once knew-a young boy who was still reminding me of how I came to be where I am now.
In Mark 10:13-16, we find the disciples discouraging the people from bringing their children to Jesus to be touched and blessed. But Jesus says to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”
And he took the children one by one and in his arms, and he blessed them with kind, encouraging words, placing his hands on them. Like Jesus, I must bless the child within me that I used to be, even as I pave the way for generations of children coming along behind me to find their welcome in the Kingdom of God.
“Be vulnerable to divine grace” (Doctrine and Covenants Section 163:10b).
This month, spend time each day noticing where divine grace is already pouring forth. Perhaps it is a simple awareness of creation’s systems and cycles that support our daily existence. The sun rises each day without being asked. There are underlying rhythms and relationships that hold the fabric of our lives together. Sometimes they fall into the background of our lives. We forget to see the natural generosity that spills over throughout our days-of the planet, the people we love, the Sacred Presence in all moments, the kindness of strangers we encounter, and the gifts we carry within. What is already being given in your life? What does it look like to be vulnerable to divine grace today?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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