October 23 Prayer
“Be faithful to guard and maintain the sweet harmony of the Holy Spirit
Among you in the bonds of peace, being one body and one spirit,
as you were all called into the same glorious hope
of divine destiny.
For the Lord is one, and so are we,”..Eph.4:3-4
We are one, humanity that is, one creation called into one.
And how can I maintain and guard this sweet harmony of the one and hold to the bond of peace when there are so many different voices out there?
Just look at creation as a whole in all it’s multiplicity and unending variety. Even as the leaves are changing colors when the weather becomes cooler there are not two leaves that are exactly the same. I do not pick up a leaf and try to change it but hold it to behold it’s beauty and uniqueness even as it’s color fades.
How do we maintain and guard the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace?
Through our calling to come, ‘with humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.’
We get to carry each other as the song ‘One’ by U2 proclaims;
Is it getting better, or do you feel the same?
We’re one but we’re not the same
So we hurt each other, then we do it again..
“One love, One blood,
You got to do what you should
with each other
Sisters and my brothers
But we’re not the same
We get to carry each other
‘Beloved One, forgive us of our own false ways.
We desire to come and live out the calling of unity in the bond of peace .
You give us this one life
May we live it with you and for you
Create in us humble hearts with eyes to see the beauty in the other
To carry one another through our differences
So that we may all be apart of the One
The flow of all the many rivers finding their way into the vast sea.
Help us not prevent or block this flow by showing us the stones and boulders to be removed and make the way smooth.
We all have one calling, though different they lead into the one that is You.
Beloved Creator and friend, Holy Spirit,
Lead us this day into your sweet harmony and unity in the one bond of peace.