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In John 17, Jesus prays. He prays for Himself, His disciples, and for all believers, present and future. For those, He prays to God “…that they may be one as we are one…” and for them to “…be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (vv.22-23).
C.S. Lewis writes, “Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?” It’s a place where a group of people gather around one, central figure, which provides light to see and warmth for comfort. A campfire is built in the great outdoors, where there are no walls. It’s open to anyone who will come and its light and warmth naturally draw in others.
In the same way, we, the Church, should be unified around the light-giving, comfort-providing person of Jesus Christ. We need to love others with that same light and warmth, both inside the church and when reaching out (adapted from Rend Collective Experiment, Campfire).