“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” ~ 1 John 3:1-2
Thank you that you have laid out a foundation of togetherness that we can build on as you continue to empower us by your grace.
People will know we are yours by the way we love one another.
Yet, as you know that is not always easy.
Help us to have your patience, kindness, and pursuing love for those around us.
Help us not to live under condemnation, and instead let the spirit of life set us free.
Help us to carry burdens for each other as we endure suffering and to rejoice with each other as you bring success.
May we see the gift you gave us, when you gave us the church, your body, your family.
May we rejoice in the diversity of different sexes, diverse races, and divergent thinkers.
There is beauty here.
In Jesus name,