5/20/12, May They Be One As We Are One

This week our focus is placed squarely on Jesus’ high priestly prayer for his disciples.  Just prior to his going out to the Garden of Gethsemane where he is betrayed into the hands of soldiers who will take him on the road to his execution, Jesus prayed with love and fervor for all of his disciples and for all who would become followers of The Way throughout the ages to come.  His prayer is one of gratitude and of intercession, but woven throughout is his petition for the oneness, the unity, of those who are bound together in the love of God.

Together on this Seventh Sunday of Easter, we pondered together the visible and invisible ways in which this unity is expressed among us as the Lumen Christi community.  And we sang the vision with the words that were gifted to us by Densely Palmer, set to the old hymn tune, “I Sing the Mighty Power of God.”

Read, reflect, and sing with us as we live joyfully, courageously and hopefully within the unity of the Trinity: God our Creator, Jesus Eternal Word and The Spirit of Wisdom.

Can we perceive a common thread that binds all things as one,

Combining all into a whole through which the sacred runs?

The bounds which we impose on life are ours and not the earth’s,

For edges often fade away as new insights are birthed.

 

We need the limits which we set to give a sense to life,

But then turn limits into walls and difference into strife.

Can we but take another’s view to see life with new eye,

Envisioning the possible and freeing us thereby.

 

We see what we expect to see and hear what we would hear,

Our worlds acquire a permanence not really present there.

We tend to claim our views as truth and others error prone,

While they from their fixed vantage points cannot our views condone.

 

Can we perceive an endless thread without a start or end,

Which back across all space and time its steady pathway wends?

Behold the sacred in such thread which winds at God’s behest.

Can we perceive the endless thread as we toward sacred quest?

Densley Palmer, 2004


By Sandi DeMaster