Thursday, January 19, 2006

Prayer for unity

This morning Sacred Space introduces the start of the Octave, the prayer for unity. This is from the site, a powerful call to pray for unity of all humanity.
This week sees the start of the Octave of prayer for church unity. It has taken us centuries of misunderstandings to reach the point where Christian churches can dare to do that most obvious thing: pray together.

Images like those of John Paul II praying in Canterbury with its Archbishop, or gathering the faith-leaders of the world in Assisi, have taught us so much. When we come close to those of other traditions, and know something of their riches, we can be grateful for the extraordinary fullness of Catholic tradition, and at the same time marvel at the uprightness of Presbyterians, the Friends' passion for peace, the openness of Hindus, the devotion of Moslems.

This is the week when we ask our God to warm our hearts to take in all his children. If the chance arises, it is the week when we should pray with strangers, remembering St Peter's words (Acts 10:34): The truth I have come to realise is that God does not have favourites, but that anyone of any nationality who does what is right and fears God is acceptable to him.
Can we pray this prayer with strangers from other lands?

1 Comments:

At 2:50 PM, Blogger James Reesor said...

A SUGGESTION FROM TENNESSEE ELIJAH FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE JESUS: Satan and his witless, foolish, obnoxious, deceptive and mean friends get really upset when you quote the Bible or wear a JIGROP shirt. Satan, the Evil One, the Devil, the former top angel who thinks he is smarter than God, really gets his britches in a wad when you tell strangers on message boards about Jesus -- or wear a JIGROP cap. So, my dear Christian friends, if you really want to have some fun, and get the "minds" of people off themselves and all the junk in this wicked world -- where Sissy Satan thinks he is god -- start drinking Starbucks coffee out of a JIGROP cup, write letters to prison inmates with a JIGROP pen, and take free groceries to poor neighbors with a JIGROP bumper sticker on your SUV. In fact, use JIGROP in a hundred different ways so you can let idiots who think movie stars, football players, music makers or Sissy Satan are heroes understand what this important one-word message means -- Jesus is God, repent or perish!

DO A WEB SEARCH TO FIND JIGROP

 

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