The words to this Irish prayer remind me of the sacred ties that hold us together as friends and family in the body of Christ. Every time we share a funeral I become more aware of these very special connections. In informal moments of visitation and on occasion in words of eulogy we gratefully reflect on “the bonds of Christian faith” that make us one in Christ.
It is truly a special relationship when we can say that we are “joined together in discipleship and in obedience to Christ.”
Shared experience creates a bond that allows an acquaintance to become a dear and treasured friend. As you may recall, at a very significant moment in his ministry Jesus said to his disciples, “I do not call you servants any longer . . .but I have called you friends . . .” John 15:15 We are fortunate to share the journey of faith with loved ones who are dear to us.
Grace and peace,