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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Seventh Sunday of Easter

“… so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.” (John 17: 21-23)

I think the key in this scripture today is that Jesus prayed that His disciples would become one.  My study Bible says Jesus wanted the disciples unified as a powerful witness to the reality of God’s love.


It is a challenge for all of us is to unify with others to display God’s love. It seems like a responsibility that all of us probably think we simply can’t take on. We are all such different people with different personalities, values and beliefs. We compare ourselves with one another and are sometimes critical in our comparisons: who makes more money, who gets better hours, who works harder or who didn’t pay for something in the cafeteria.

We are always coaching our staff not to make these comparisons, but to unify and work together for the good of all and those for whom we care.


I turn to my study Bible for some insight and direction to help unify with others and represent God’s love. It says, “Pray for other Christians, avoid gossip, build others up, work together in humility, give time and money, exalt Christ and refuse to get sidetracked arguing over divisive matters.” This seems like good advice!


Heavenly Father,

hold us accountable for unifying with each other

and giving others the love You have given us.

Let us lead by example.


Kathy Gerdes
Senior Services Officer, Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera

Acts 7: 55-60 ● Psalm 97: 1-2, 6-7, 9 ● Revelation 22: 12-14, 16-17, 20 ● John 17: 20-26

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