Verse and Prayer for Friday 25 September

John 13:34-35

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Jesus gave this commandment to his disciples during his last supper with them, before going out to the Garden of Gethsemane to be betrayed and taken to his death.  He had spent three years teaching them how to live together, loving and caring for one another and those around them.  Up until March we were able to meet together, support each other and be seen to be doing it, so that those in the world around us would see Jesus’ love as we loved each other and those in the community.  How do we show love in lockdown?  I know love is happening between us – more frequent phone calls and e-mails, cards and gifts sent to each other, shopping done and delivered, but how can it be seen by others?

Some of us find it hard to talk about our faith but we can talk about our Christian family and how we love one another to those to whom we are witnessing, whether that is face to face, on the telephone or on Zoom or Facetime.  And we need to ask God how, in this new way of living, we can show it to the wider community.  I don’t know the answers but I know God does!

Father God, thank you for your love to us, that we can show to one another through so many different ways. Help us to be creative and innovative, open to your lead as to how that might be shown to others in the community around us.  Amen.

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