Saturday, February 25, 2012

Building on Love

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:20-26

Today I was released from the hospital and came home. On a chilly bright and windy day, I struggled up the front steps, and found my way to my own bed. There is lots of healing ahead. a day by day rebuilding, praying, breathing a finding ways to deal with pain and get stronger. It will be a lent to remember for me, a day by day, step by step, slow walk to Easter, to resurrection and new life.

Jesus is preparing the disciples and us, for the days ahead. There will be struggled but we are wrapped up in love. There will be trials, and daily challenges, some wins and some major losses, and in between we will know daily the heart of God. We are caught up in love, building daily, strengthening as we walk, growing stronger as we journey together.

Today, I ask God to help me take small steps, to know that I am held up by love. I pray that God will bring me, one step at a time,along this road of healing, knowing with every breath, that I am held up in love. May we all know, as we walk this lenten journey, that we are built up moment by moment with love.

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