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GROW IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD

     For those of us able to attend this years reunion, we were blessed to experience this scripture together.  We made music, sang praise and proclaimed our love and faith in unison.  We experienced the wonder of making this proclamation together and collectively we were able to “Grow in the Kingdom of God”.  On our final day of reunion, during Sunday service, there was a special joy in seeing others from our home congregations and elsewhere join us as we enjoyed in sharing our love of God and one another.  And even now, as we rejoin our congregations and see those who share our path and help us to grow in God’s Kingdom, we realize how very blessed we are as individuals within God’s Community of Christ.

     God’s Kingdom is not out of reach.  As we live our lives, and suffer our fears and sorrows, we also realize that we are never alone.  Even, as God whispers “do you trust me”, and perhaps our answer is not a resounding yes, even then we know, in our heart of hearts, God will never fail us.  We may grow in our experience of God’s kingdom while we are residence of earth, but we will know God’s kingdom eternally when the time comes.  So yes God, perhaps I don’t always “trust” I will be given my perfect outcome here on earth, but I do always trust that I am given a most perfect outcome when I am reunited with you in spirit.

        And, what of our roles here on earth in building God’s Kingdom?  Our Doctrine and Covenants say:

3.a. You are called to create pathways in the world for peace in Christ to be relationally and culturally incarnate. The hope of Zion is realized when the vision of Christ is embodied in communities of generosity, justice and peacefulness.

b.  Above all else, strive to be faithful to Christ’s vision of the peaceable Kingdom of God on earth.  Courageously challenge cultural, political and religious trends that are contrary to the reconciling and restoring purposes of God.  Pursue peace.

     Ah, in a nut shell, “pursue peace”.  Not just at reunion, not just in our congregations, but everywhere we are placed.  Jesus promised us a peace that is beyond understanding if we would only trust and love God first and foremost.... and in turn, love “His people.”  Each day we have an opportunity to grow in the Kingdom of God as we pursue peace and live generously.  Let our prayer continue to be that we are always able to proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love and peace.  As Christ’s mission is our mission we will grow in in the Kingdom of God.
            (Jeanette Caldeira, Kaneohe Congregation, jcaldeira@aol.com)