I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:23
I find unity hard. I can provoke disunity; I’m intolerant, I criticise and undermine, often without meaning to. Those at the receiving end are often the ones who are most important to me: my wife, kids, friends. The very people who most need my encouragement and support, and I their’s.
During the holidays unity can be more challenging … if you are not getting your own way or you’re a tired parent or grand parent blessed with youngsters who are busy driving a wedge between you. In such an environment it’s helpful to talk to each other and remember that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of unity. The more we ask Him to fill us the easier unity becomes.
Prayer (as a couple)
Dear Lord. Thank you for the Holy Spirit of Unity. May He fill us again now, and may _____ and I remain supportive of each other, united and united with you. May our unity be a pleasing witness to you. Amen.
Prayer (for others)
Dear Lord. We lift up _____ and _____ to you, whatever is going on around them, may they be filled with the Holy Spirit, united and united with you. May their unity be a pleasing witness to you. Amen.
United we stand, divided we fall.