Lenten Prayer for Today

My prayer is that the Body of Christ finds renewal in its ability to worship and work together, as in its earliest beginning: different voices, different perspectives, different gifts, but the same Jesus of Nazareth.

My prayer is for a miracle of unity in the God-made wonderfully diverse body of Christ, not sameness but diversity, not uniformity of ways to love and live and be in our families but the matchless power of love for neighbor (“other”) as self.

My prayer is that we do not give up on that, no matter what. We can do it, by God’s grace. Yes, we can. Let’s remember God’s original promise. That’s the promise to keep! No division! No confusion! What’s not to understand? No, it isn’t easy. It never was. It’s sacrificial.

“And so I am giving a new commandment to you now—love each other just as much as I love you. Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”