Praying John 15.9-17

As God has loved me, so I have loved you.”
         God, your love for Jesus—all its depth and fullness—
         flows to me, to all of us.

Abide in my love.”
         Not beside Jesus, but inside him,
         his love flowing through me.

I have said these things to you
so that my joy may be in you,
and that your joy may be complete.”
         Not in fear or obligation, but in joy,
         complete joy.

This is my commandment,
that you love one another as I have loved you.”
         Not with a similar love but the very same love,
         your love, flowing through me, through all of us.

No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
         To live for the sake of others, in joy.

You did not choose me but I chose you.”
         Not my will, but yours.

I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.”
         Your love, flowing through me.

“God will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
         Only to receive your love,
         and to pass it on.

I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”
         Your love, flowing through me.

         Breath Prayer: Your love … in me

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

May 4, 2021

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