I take notes when I listen to the sermon in church. It helps me internalize the message in a way that sticks. Then, I can share with my husband, Bob, whose mind wanders during sermons. We discuss it on the way home and I read my notes to him. Usually they are in poetic format. That’s how my mind holds on and interprets.
Here is my take on Rev. Jean Johnson’s message from John 17: 2-26.
MAKE US ONE
May the love I have for you
Also be in you.
May my words echo in your heart
And ring loud and true.
Each day I pray for you and yours,
For health and strength and peace.
My prayers include family and friends,
My kids, my sis, my niece.
I pray for us and our health, too,
And ask for family unity.
Jesus prayed that we be ONE –
Mend divisions between you and me.
From time’s beginnings, splits occurred –
From Adam, to disciples, to now.
Jesus asked God to make us one –
Stop our bickering somehow.
Set aside our differences.
Teach us, Lord, to pray
That we can love as Jesus loved.
Make us one today.