Jesus prayed, "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. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
"Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:20-26 (NRSV)
We are wound around together
bound by love eternal and present
deep roots in ancient rich soil
interconnected breathing as one.
When we find ourselves in grief
we find ourselves like in labor
so near to life, so near to death
one heart beating with everlasting love.
A mother and child so interdependent
so much in need of one another
constantly separating and drawing together
always tuned to a single channel.
We pant, we cry and we moan
birthing new life and letting go
the thin veil between now and forever
constantly being broken open.
We are gathered and urrounded
the arms of love reaching beyond time
spreading out to heal the tearing
leaning in to listen for a new song.