Jesus’ prayer for Debby Bellingham (and maybe for you)

Friends, make this prayer your own!

Paraphrase and prayer based on John 17:11-19

Jesus is no longer in the world, but I am in the world and Jesus has gone to his Father. Jesus prays for Father to keep me in God’s name, the name of Jesus, that all of me may be one, just as Jesus and his Father are one. 

While Jesus was in the world, he kept me in God’s name, he guarded me and didn’t lose any part of me except the part that was death-bound. 

Before Jesus went to be with you, he speaks some words that will fill me with his joy. He gives me your word and says the world will hate me because I am not of the world just as it hated you for the same reason.

He leaves me in the world and asks his Father to protect me from the evil one. 

Jesus repeats that I am not of the world, just as he was not of the world. 

He asks you to sanctify me in truth, God’s word. As Jesus was sent into the world, he sends me into the world. And because of me, he consecrated himself so I also may be consecrated with truth.

Thank you, Jesus for praying for your followers to be one, to be protected from the evil one, to be sanctified and then to be sent out.

Begin with me. Unite the whole of me, lose only the part of me that is tied to death and bound by sin. Drain me like pasta in a colander, keep the good, let the bad run off. Protect me from the wiles of the enemy as I go about my day. Fill me with the joy of your truth as a guard and as a teacher. Send me out to bring your love to the world you so love and call home. Amen.

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Growth in Grace: a class for Spiritual Formation

Dear East Coast friends,

I’d love to have you participate in this class, if you are interested and able. Let me know your thoughts. Each of the classes stand alone, so make as many as you can. Love, Debby

Growth in Grace

Have you tasted the goodness of God and desire more of the feast? Do you desire to go even deeper with the Lord of life? Growth in Grace may be God’s answer to your prayer.

Perhaps your spiritual life seems dry; be of good courage, God is still at work, even if you do not sense God’s activity. Sometimes God withdraws his sensible presence to allow your faith to increase. This is because God trusts you to trust God. G/G may be God’s way of creating space for the two of you to connect.

There are two opportunities to take the eight week class, either Thursday or Saturday morning from 10-noon. Classes will begin on Saturday, March 21st and Thursday, March 26th in Ossining, NY. For more information about the class, contact Debby Bellingham at 415 992-1087 or debbybell@comcast.net. A donation will be accepted to cover the cost of the class.

Class Syllabus

1) My spiritual quest – Getting acquainted with what fuels your quest for God

2) My weaknesses and strengths – Getting acquainted with your habits

3) My attractions and avoidances – Getting acquainted with your desires

4) My darkness – Getting acquainted with God in the dark

5) My freedom and truth – Getting acquainted with your liberty

6) My decisions – Getting acquainted with Godly decision making skills

7) My vocation – Getting acquainted with God’s will for you

8) My rule of life – Getting acquainted with helps for the journey