And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world,
and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, which You have given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one.
After an accident in which she lost her arm, a girl named Jamie refused to go to school or church for an entire year.
Finally, the young teen thought she could face her peers. In preparation, her mother called her Sunday school teacher and asked that he not call attention to Jamie.
The teacher promised, but when he got sick on Sunday and had to call a substitute, he forgot to tell the second teacher.
At the conclusion of the lesson that day, which was about inviting friends to church, the sub led the class in doing the hand motions to the familiar children's
Here's the church
Here is the steeple
Open the door
See all the people.
Jamie's eyes filled with tears.
A 13-year-old boy realized how she must be feeling. He knelt beside her. With one hand apiece, they supported each other, making the church, steeple, and people.
Together they illustrated what real church is: TOGETHER. UNITY. ONE IN CHRIST.
In the church, there are so many things that can divide us
— the kind of music and worship we prefer, where we grew up, how our personalities
are put together, what our experiences have been, our educational levels, our age, language, race
— but one power will keep us together
— the power of God in us.
Unity is a beautiful thing.