‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, 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. (John 17:20-21)
Jesus’ prayer was that his followers be One so that the world might know that He came from God. More recently we feel this prayer extending to all people.
I am reminded of times at Ole Moon, St. Paul’s country retreat, where a community of women, followers of Christ, came together for a prayer retreat. We shared our stories and together we witnessed the gifts received through relationships, family, friends, work, study, and worship.
We knew how community nourishes us – it was here that we felt our deepest belonging and witnessed the presence and abundant glory of God. We pray that all people will welcome community of One into their lives.
Thank you, God, for the opportunity for us to welcome a community of all people into our lives. May we always be One as we open our hearts and minds to the Divine Spirit in everyone we meet and then witness this to the world. Amen.
Hattie and Jim McKinley — Followers of God