By Ryne M. Copple of Norwalk, IA, USA
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” —Matthew 5:9 NRSV
Do not neglect the smallest among you, for even the least of these are treasures in God’s sight. Receive the giftedness, and energy of children and youth, listening to understand their questions and their wisdom. Respond to their need to be loved and nurtured as they grow. —Doctrine and Covenants 161:4a
Nine-year-old Ryne enjoys playing chess. He wrote and shared the following analogy expressing his understanding of the Trinity:
God is like the King and Queen combined. A disciple is like a pawn. If a disciple gets to share the word of God, a new pawn comes.
Jesus is like a knight. He is the only one who can jump the wall of evil.
Sinners are like pawns. They are weak.
The Holy Spirit is like a bishop, who can squeeze between you.
God always has castles to protect you.
Prayer for Peace
Gentle Shepherd, as we move from square to square in life, may we always be aware of those around us—not just to predict their moves, but to be sensitive to their needs. Help us employ new strategies for making peace. May peace tactics be part of our everyday lives.
Spiritual Practice: Listening to Children
Sit in your quiet place and center your heart and mind in God’s presence. Spend several minutes asking God to bring into your awareness the names and images of children in your life. You may see their faces or hear their voices as you receive these impressions. Listen deeply to the unique gifts and needs of the children who come to mind. Offer a prayer of blessing for each child and the needs you sense. If you feel led, you also may want to write a note or card and give a message of affirmation and love to each child.
Today, God, I will listen closely to a child, and probably learn something new.