One

         I ask ...that they may all be one.
         As you, Father, are in me and I am in you,
         may they also be in us...

                  —John 17.20, 21

We are one.
It is not our choice.
Our unity is not opinion
or willingness to get along.
It is God's doing, not ours.
There is only one thing,
one Creation, one humanity,
and we are all part of it.
We are all members of one body,
all fingers of the same hand,
like it or not.
Our choice is to honor or dishonor
people who are part of ourselves.
We needn't worship together,
vote alike, agree or strive in parallel;
we may oppose each other.
But we do so as equals, as one,
joined in the flesh of creation,
in the oneness of Spirit.
Even members of the Holy Trinity
may see things differently.
We are in Christ, by God's will,
and haven't the power to be otherwise.
We are One.
May we live as one.

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
www.unfoldinglight.net

   —May 28, 2019