Unity in the Body

image by pscuga.org

image by pscuga.org

Be patient and gentle,

live in humility;

bear each other in love,

to walk in unity.

We are but one body,

in Spirit, united;

all called to the same hope,

the day we decided.

There is only one God,

Who is Father of all;

Creator, Redeemer;

protective Fortress wall.

So make every effort,

be united in peace;

may His grace be poured out,

and His blessings increase.

(Responding to Ephesians 4:1-6)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have not created us to take on trials nor triumphs on our own, but You created us for community; meant to be invested in a body of believers so that we might mutually encourage each other in You.  Thank You that You give direction in Your word, and lead us by Your Spirit.  Forgive us for the times that we neglect a known need, and help us to see one another with Your eyes so that we may grow in patience and gentleness, and live in humility, bearing one another in love.  May our peace and unity among the body of believers draw those who know You not, into a safe sanctuary where they can come to know the peace of Your presence and the hope that is held in You alone.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present