World Conference 2023

Sacred the Body

31 May 2023

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are humans that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

Psalm 8:3, 4

Scripture Reflection—Psalm 8

Sacred the body God has created, temple of Spirit that dwells deep inside.
Cherish each person, nurture relation. Treat flesh as holy, that love may abide.

Bodies are varied, made in all sizes, pale, full of color, both fragile and strong.
Holy the diff’rence, gift of the Maker, so let us honor each story and song.

Love respects persons, bodies, and bound’ries. Love does not batter, neglect, or abuse.
Love touches gently, never coercing. Love leaves the other with power to choose.

Holy of holies, God ever loving, make us your temples; indwell all we do.
May we be careful, tender, and caring, so may our bodies give honor to you.

—Ruth C. Duck, “Sacred the Body,” © 1997 The Pilgrim Press,
Community of Christ Sings 140

Question for Reflection

What phrases or images stir your imagination as you consider the sacredness of creation?

Prayer for Peace

Jesus Christ, the embodiment of God’s shalom, invites all people to come and receive divine peace in the midst of the difficult questions and struggles of life. Follow Christ in the way that leads to God’s peace and discover the blessings of all of the dimensions of salvation. —Doctrine and Covenants 163:2a

Our prayers for peace name injustice and suffering and compel us toward compassionate action that restores the world.

Breathe deeply and center yourself in the presence of God’s love and peace.

What is the longing of your heart for peace within, peace in relationships, peace for communities, and peace for the planet?

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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