"Abide in Love"
Jesus, speaking to his disciples in the Gospel of John before he is arrested and before his journey to cross and resurrection begins, says, “Abide in me, and I in you.” He tells the disciples to “abide in my love.” In 1847, Henry Francis Lyte wrote a poem as a prayer for God to remain present. This poem became the hymn “Abide With Me.” When we think of the word abide as a people of faith, we think of a deep, personal connection to God through Christ. For 4 Sundays, we are reflecting on the word abide and the way God abides with us, and we abide with God and one another. Today's scripture is John 15:9-17; we continue to learn what it means to love one another the way Jesus commands. I hope to see you each week as we abide in love and worship together! (Reading for next week, May 13th - Ascension Sunday: John 17:6-19)