Unity in God
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me…Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
This week I am a man who has enjoyed yet again the joy of being involved with the ministry of Sunshine Christian School. There is so much wonderful learning going on both inside and outside the school. This week our younger students enjoyed hearing the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens, while last week our 3/4 class experienced three days of farm life as they visited one of our sister schools in Hamilton.
I relish opportunities to join students on camp and had a great time undertaking activities with our 3/4 class at Hamilton. There was weeding and planting, fish and eel catching, sheep and alpaca feeding, shearing demonstrations and peer games with senior students from Good Shepherd College. Not to mention the big bonfire and the adventure playground!
Afterwards, I asked two students what their favourite activities were on camp. Surprisingly, their answers were simply ‘riding in the back of a ute’ and ‘meeting new people from another school’. In reality, it shouldn’t surprise us that often it is the unplanned moments in life, or the events that seem unimportant, that are the ones which bring us the most joy. While teachers were busy organizing amazing, structured activities, students enjoyed simply being in the countryside and meeting new people.
Jesus’ prayer for his believers in John 17 is not one of triumph, glory or greatness– it is a humble prayer for unity. Jesus prayed that his people would simply enjoy the act of being together and being unified; that through this, the world would see the love of God in action.
As we go about our lives this week, may we rejoice in the simple pleasures of living in God’s beautiful creation together as families and communities. May our relationships with each other proclaim God’s love to all.