The Blessings Jar

Monday, 26 June 2017 – By Carol Bevel of Amarillo, TX, USA As I think on the Blessings Jar that I received last year as a New Year’s gift from my secret pal at work, I remember many times that I have been blessed. Even though I have not...

A Certain Place, A Certain Time

Friday, 16 June 2017 – By Zachary Weaver-Snojaie of Cheshire, Manchester, England For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of...

When the String Snaps

>Proverbs 15:13-22 Did you know that when a violin string is not tight enough, the music will be flat and dull? And if the string is too tight, the music will be shrill and high-pitched. But if it is tightened even more, that string can snap! It’s the same...

What the Cross Means to Me

By Diane Maupin, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA Dolores was in my second-grade class. She was temporarily living with her grandparents, or they might have been foster parents. (When you’re 7 years old, you don’t always know all the details.) She rode my school bus and occasionally attended our congregation—usually...

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

In the spirit “Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”, I share this letter from the First Presidency and the USA Apostles.  I pray that during the Christmas season and beyond, we will continue to find ways to unify and bring healing, reconciliation, and wholeness to our families, neighborhoods,...

Clear a Spot at Your Table!

As members and friends in the USA prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week, our minds here at International Headquarters turn to the symbol of the table. Tables and the sharing that happens around them weave their way through the scriptures, through our hymns, our traditions, and our...

Thanksgiving Thoughts

This month we will all pause and observe a day our nation sets aside as a holiday. It is “Thanksgiving Day.” Hopefully all Americans will pause to remember just how grateful they should be for the privileges and blessings afforded us. It is doubtful that will happen because of...

God is the God of the Living

If I look at the scheduled themes for the month of November, I can turn them into a single sentence: God is the God of the Living, and we are called to Prepare to Testify that The Prince of Peace Reigns. (The fourth week of November, the 27th, is...

Change

Change.  It’s a short word but many times is a hard process to go through.  It can create a multitude of simultaneous responses: excitement, anxiety, opportunity, restrictions, mourning, anticipation, etc.  For many of us, how we respond to change can dictate the experience we have. On a personal note,...

Community

“Community of Christ,” your name, given as a divine blessing, is your identity and calling. If you will discern and embrace its full meaning, you will not only discover your future, you will become a blessing to the whole creation. Do not be afraid to go where it beckons...