Posted by: Postordinandy | August 18, 2014

John 17 (pt 5)

Known and knowing,

Loved and called to be loving…

Those who watch in sleep,

And those who will follow in time.


The cry for unity echoes through history,

And even though history is littered with evidence of fragmentation;

Bickering children, ungrateful and ungracious;

His prayer will not be unanswered.


Joined by threads of bloodied grace,

Ties too strong for the works of humanity to tear.

The family are gathered by the Father,

And, even as the children fight or ignore each other.

His loving arms and forgiving heart hold them all close.


And this is the persistent and consistent divine plan:

That this ragged, in-fighting and unfaithful tribe,

Will – by accident and by intent,

Present themselves as models of love and forgiveness,

Welcoming others to write their own place in the story of love.


“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” [John 17:20-26]

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