Week six: Unity in the Spirit

Begin Monday, February 8

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm 6
    • Noon: Psalm 58
    • Vespers: Psalm 106:44-48
    • Night: Psalm 125
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: John 14:15-31
    • Tuesday: John 16:5-16
    • Wednesday: John 17:1-5
    • Thursday: John 17:6-19
    • Friday: John 17:20-26
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”

 Practice

Just what does Jesus mean by unity? Is it uniformity? What are the bare minimums for people to be “one” with each other?

Take time this week to visit with a friend who has very different beliefs than you (if you don’t have a friend like that then perhaps your task needs to be to seek out and make a friend who has very different beliefs!). Share a meal or break with this person. Make certain you have plenty of time for discussion and ask the last question in the paragraph above: “What are the bare minimums for people to be ‘one’ with each other?”

For follow up ask: “Can people who hold very different beliefs be united? In what ways? How?”

Do your best not to comment. Just listen.

Sometime following the conversation, take some solitude time and write in your journal how the conversation went. Describe what you were able to discover from the conversation. Did you learn anything? Was your mind changed in any way? How?

 

 

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About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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