Yesterday I received a gift from an individual that reads my blog from Romania. He had crafted a Chotki for me. A traditional wool band made of 33 hand tied knots-to represent the years of Jesus’ life on earth. The concept is to look at each knot and recite the Jesus’ Prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me-a sinner.” In that way we can obey the command “to pray without ceasing.”

First, what a joy to have the opportunity to know one more brother in Christ. Even though countless miles separate us we can pray for each other and work as a team for the peace of Christ to impact our world. “Christ have mercy on…us.”

The fourteenth-century book on meditation called, The Cloud of Unknowing says this, “For I tell you this: one loving, blind desire for God alone is more valuable in iteself, more pleasing to God and to the saints, more beneficial to your own growth, and more helpful to your friends, both living and dead, than anything else you could do.”

My Father, bind us to you and to one another in obedience to your word. Let us stand up and pray for each other, to bring peace to a broken world bind us to you our Father and to each other through the Holy Spirit now and forever. Amen.

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