“I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.”
Gracious God, Whose deepest desire for us is very good, we offer our lives as prayer to you. Reading your word this day, it is clear that we are oftentimes “them.” “Them” that look across the table and see challenger instead of colleague, “them” that raise voices without really listening, “them” that seek out human ways before discerning holy ways.
Forgive us and claim us in your “them” reflected in the words we read and become. “Them” that are encouraged, knit together and bound by strong ties of love, “them” who say with words and actions that we seek to understand God’s mysterious plan in all the ways it may come to us.
Most of all, make us “them” in Christ himself. We are your “them” seeking your way forward. Unite us in mind and spirit so that all may see your way amid the paths before us - the path marked now - the path marked holy, the path marked “them.”
In the name of the one who claims us and calls us forward, Amen.
Christ knit us together (inhale)
By Strong ties of love (exhale)
**Prepared by Rev. Teresa Edwards, Deacon, South Georgia Conference