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
That They All May Be One
The heart of the Divine, full of love
aches that we might share one heart
desires only our love for one another
seeks only compassion and kindness.
We would all be winners so others lose
we would stoke our anger and violence
we ache to crush those who oppose us
we desire to be separate and superior.
Our blood types may be different
yet our blood is all the same by design
we think it a right to stand on our own
yet we stand only on the backs of others.
There are no crowns so precious
like the crown of thorns worn for us
like the sacrificial love that suffered
so that we might live and thrive.
Honoring those who came before
means seeking out and repairing
all the breaches and divisions
refuting all our past abuse and crimes.
It is the season for seeking out the other
for seeing the face of God in strangers
for feeding the smiling and growling alike
for being one for it is the Creator's desire.