A Cherished Bond
By Lisa Soignier of Minden, LA, USA
That Spirit is even now touching alive the souls of those who feel the passion of discipleship burning deeply within. Many others will respond if you are persistent in your witness and diligent in your mission to the world. —Doctrine and Covenants 162:3b
The sacrament of ordination has special meaning to each person who experiences it. The worship service where this takes place blesses the congregation as well. The preparation for the service takes much planning.
After several weeks of course work for the office of elder, the pastorate offered me the opportunity to take part in planning the worship service. The next decision took some thought. I needed to decide who would offer the ordination prayer.
Several friends would have been happy to offer this prayer for me. My mind kept going to my daughter who had planned her own ordination service a month before. She and I would share ministry in the roles of elders. After her ordination, I asked if she would be willing to ordain me. This request stunned my daughter! Giving it some thought, she agreed to be the spokesperson.
A friend of mine also planned her ordination at the same worship service. She too had a family member ordaining her. It became an ordination where a daughter ordained her mother and a mother ordained her daughter! There is joy in sharing a special event with loved ones. My friend and her mother, my daughter and I will always cherish this bond.
Prayer for Peace
Touch us alive, O God, with a passion to serve in our congregations and in the world. May we support each person in their call to discipleship. May we support one another as we seek peace.
Spiritual Practice: Develop Disciples to Serve
As disciples of Jesus Christ, our call is to respond to people and their needs. Pray about using your skills to help the mission of the community. As you feel affirmed, thank God for the opportunity to be a responding, serving disciple while you move into the outward journey.
Today, God, I will consider updating my discipleship skills by taking a Temple School course (see Click here to comment or read online.