Lenten Meditation Day 20 2017

Scripture John 17:6-19

I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 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. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.[a] 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them[b] in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself,[c] that they also may be sanctified[d] in truth.
Prayer

Let us be kept in your name Father. Hold us there with your mercy and love. let our lives be a reflection of your name. Your name is above all names. let is rest in your protective care. Amen.
Meditation

When I was in high school I wrote a persuasive paper against running away from home. In the introduction I had to admit that I came from the perfect family. Now we all know that no family is perfect but mine was pretty close.i know that many people did not so this line of thought can be difficult. I pray that the Family of God will be this for you. My family is a place of unconditional love, safety, openness, compassion, protection and a passion for each other.  

When we think of being kept it seems restrictive and limiting. We may ask, “what freedom am I losing?” In Christ we are kept in God where there is complete freedom. It is free because it is a place of unconditional love, safety, openness, compassion, protection and passion. God holds us because He and only He knows who we are to be. We are His and the best place to be is kept in His name.  

Action

Write a love letter to God listing all the ways being kept in Him brings you freedom. 

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