We started this week of prayer for unity based on John 15:1-17. First we looked at the first half of verse 16, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” We are chosen and loved, part of a worldwide community that is diverse and multi-talented. Yup, tensions and disagreements come and we are called on to forgive and to advocate. Abiding in “the vine” and dwelling in His word transforms our world and us. Hospitality is a key characteristic of a community. Are we the “frozen chosen” or is there life that oozes from our gathers to nurture those who come?
Saturdays I like to offer a hymn to end the week. My heart went back to not so long ago, Let Us Build a House Where Love Can Dwell by Marty Haugen, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3Pb77ylz_Q. It has been a full week with politics forefront and policies for the pandemic and global relations, the “house” the government desires to build in the United States. They are rolling out their plan and getting their people in position. As we come to the end of the week, let’s listen to this song and pray about the “house” we are building in our church, in our family, and with our friends. We have been chosen to bear fruit, fruit of the Spirit but also the fruit that builds others. That fruit does not save us but certainly it demonstrates what type of branch we are and how we cling to the vine. Blessings as you grow where you are plante