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sift as wheat

I just finished reading The Healing Path and am sitting here in the library cafe, having also just finished my lunch, mulling over the last few pages of the book. In the last passage Allender writes about relationships, cleaving to each other as we progress in our stories.  He links this notion of ‘cleaving’ to being available to each other, response-able towards one another, and (as best as I understand it right now) accountable to embracing the intersections of your story and mine.  He also talks a lot about faith, hope, and love (arguably, the three major themes of the book).  Although these themes and this book have helped to bring clarity to my experiences of the past year, it is the last verse Allender uses to illustrate how cleaving to one another brings about worship in our lives, that pierced my heart.

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.  But I [Jesus] have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”  Luke 22:31-32

Satan requested trials. Fears. Threats. Loss. These are common to my experiences this past year, and most likely, common to yours as well.  The part that gets me though is that after Jesus tells Simon of the ‘sifting’ that is about to occur in his life, he says, “but I have prayed for you, Simon.”  I can’t help but think he’s saying the same thing for you and I as well.

“Katie, Katie, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, Katie, that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

“[your name], [your name], Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, [your name], that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

So now I am sitting here in the library cafe, having just finished my book & my lunch, crying.  How amazing is it that Jesus prays for us?  I find great comfort in this fact.  Great comfort knowing that HE is our intercessor.  Jesus prays for me. Jesus prays for you.  He knows that storms are coming, dark days are around us, but he has faith in our faith.  He knows that the Holy Spirit is among us, dwelling in us, and that we will get through. And by getting through, by turning back, we can strengthen each other.  We can cleave to together as our stories dance and intersect.