Just a few hours ago, I found myself lying on my back in the wet dirt. I had a leg up in the air, holding up a two-by-four with my foot. My left hand held a screw in place. My right hand operated the electric drill, driving the screw through the two-by-four and into the bottom of the frame of my half-made chicken coop. I could feel the dirt working its way into my hair and clothes. My arms and face were already covered in a layer of grime.
It’s a classic movie trope. The main character is alone in the wilderness, huddling close to a dying fire. As the fire dies, glowing eyes begin to appear and multiply. It’s a pack of starving wolves.
But have you ever realized that Jesus says He has put us in that same situation? “Look, I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves.” (Matt. 10:16)
Jesus prays for us. He prays for the believers and churches in New England.
One of his prayers is recorded in John 17:20-22: “I pray…for those who believe in me through their [the disciples’] word. May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you…so that they may be one as we are one.”