The Prayer of Jesus

What is the Glory of God that we all fall short of? I’m pretty sure it’s the kind of Love that Jesus had for those that crucified him. “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” I have to admit, I fall short of that kind of love.

Listen carefully to John 17:20-26. Jesus prays: “I ask, not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, (that’s us) so they may all be one. 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 you have loved them as you have loved me.”

Jesus asks God for us, and all who claim to follow Jesus, to be completely one, so the world will know that God loves us all just as much as God loves Jesus. That means God loves every single one of us: bitter old curmudgeons, young know-it-alls, the middle-aged tempted to stray, Republicans and Democrats, unquestioning believers and loyal, but doubting Thomases, the pure of heart and those addicted to sin, the victims and the criminals. Nobody deserves it. All fall short of the glory of God’s unconditional love.  So, we don’t get to get to feed our egos by looking down on anybody. It’s time to do some soul searching on why we Christians all across the world are fighting bitterly on almost everything. The world is supposed to know we are Christians by our love for one another, so they will want to follow Jesus. We obviously are missing the mark. But how in the heck, can we begin to love one another enough to become one.  I’m not sure that can happen with only a hand me down intellectual faith. I suspect it also takes first-hand experiences of that life changing love of God to open us to God’s Spirit inside us. We are born with different strengths and weaknesses. So the timing of our spiritual journeys is different. There are no magic formulas.  My Julian was a good person, but his strength was logic and he focused on what he could see and touch. So, he was eighty fighting the second round of lung cancer when he finally could let go of the limits of logic and the physical world that he could see. But then he literally danced with joy on his walker listening to “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” He died knowing that love first- hand.
 So, here’s a challenge for all of us, including illogical fly by the seat of my feelings me, because when I feel unlovable, I don’t like anybody very much.  Let’s make these verses in the Gospel of John our daily meditation. Let’s read it thoughtfully with open minds and hungry hearts.  Taking time to savor that love, opening our hearts to experience it.  Just imagine being wrapped in the soft warm comforter of God’s love. Treasure that.   Let’s keep on opening our hearts to love, however long it takes, until we too can dance with joy.  Because that love can free us not only from judging ourselves, but from needing to judge others. Every single day, let’s whisper to God, “I’m yours. Thank you for loving me through Jesus.” Because with that love of God within us, we can become one.” 

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About Eileen

Mother of five, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of five. 1955 -1959 Rice University in Houston, TX. Taught primary grades; Was Associate Post Director of Religious Education at Ft. Campbell, KY; Consultant on the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator, Was married for 60 years to an Architect in Middle Tennessee.

Posted on September 16, 2022, in Saved by grace and not by law and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. berghane@optonline.net

    You nailed it again, Eileen. Thanks for reminding me of how much I need God’s grace – not only to forgive, but to stop judging those who are different from me, especially politically.

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