Oh Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary,
Pure and holy, tried and true.
With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living,
Sanctuary for You.
When you look at this picture, what is the first thing that you notice? Is it that all the flowers within this image are roses? Is it that they all have petals, all have stems and leaves. Or is it that there is one white rose, amongst twelve red ones?
Last year, I studied church history, and it was both sad and amazing seeing all the little things that split the church again, and again, and again: unleavened vs leavened bread, one cup or many cups, one doctrine vs another doctrine, and so on. The church keeps splitting and segregating itself, even though in John 17:20-23, Jesus prayed: “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Continue reading