I can’t believe it is almost the end of May. This year has been flying. Yesterday, I had the privilege of having lunch with Nicholas at our usual ramen place in Little Tokyo. We haven’t seen in each other in months. It was a pleasant time catching up and sharing. At the end of the lunch, we hugged and expressed our love for each other. It warms my heart that we can express and feel the love for one another at FPCLA.
Sermon: Praying for Another, Praying for Me.
Scripture: John 17:20-26 The Message Bible
I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as we are—
I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way you’ve loved me.
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24-26 Father, I want those you gave me
To be with me, right where I am,
So they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me,
Having loved me
Long before there ever was a world.
Righteous Father, the world has never known you,
But I have known you, and these disciples know
That you sent me on this mission.
I have made your very being known to them—
Who you are and what you do—
And continue to make it known,
So that your love for me
Might be in them
Exactly as I am in them.