My Imperfect Lent: 2.17.18

Jesus prays to God, for us: “As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us… 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.” John 17:21-23.

I am in you. You are in me. We are in God: It’s a prayer, summarized from Jesus’ prayer in the Gospel of John.

I am in you. You are in me. We are in God: At the suggestion of a seminary professor, I used to pray it on the NYC subway, silently, for strangers. I think this prayer alone did more to calm the hidden, racial prejudice that burned inside of me than anything else–the racial prejudice that burns inside most white, human hearts.

I am in you. You are in me. We are in God: It’s an affirmation of faith, in a God who Jesus called upon to make a mystical union with us, as with him.

I am in you. You are in me. We are in God: It feels like a great equalizer, like a reminder of our common belonging to God in Jesus Christ.

I am in you. You are in me. We are in God: For those who say “You are dust, and to dust you shall return,” it’s a dust prayer. A dusty prayer. A prayer-sign of our created beginning, and our created end, and the promise of God’s divine life-breath in between.

 

Read the Bible with me, daily: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/daily/

And, check back here, for imperfect reflections.

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  1. Cathy Mccall says:

    Thank you for sharing this prayer Sarah- it is one I will now cherish & use regularly – both when surrounded by those who on surface seem very different, as well as when surrounded by those who on surface seem the same.

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