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Living by the scriptures

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be come in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. — John 17: 20-21

In 1946, my Navy buddy, Gene Russon, and I had left our aircraft carrier in the South Pacific and were sailing, with many other sailors, on a troop ship to be discharged in California. Gene and I decided to read our little pocket New Testaments on the long voyage home. We found a plank above deck where we could read undisturbed. The other men seemed to respect it as our spot. We enjoyed the setting, the viewing of the ocean and the clouds while we read as the ship plodded endlessly along.

In a quiet, gradual, and almost imperceptible manner, the words of the New Testament came to life. My love and admiration for Jesus Christ grew. When I came to John 17, I marveled that this great prayer of our Savior could be written down for all to read. It seemed almost too sacred to record. I read how He prayed for His Twelve and others that they would be kept from evil. Verses 20 and 21 caused me to exclaim in a burst of emotion within, "He was praying for me! He prayed for those who would believe in the words of His apostles and I believe them! Yes, He prayed for me!" I paused, looked out over His vast ocean and rejoiced in the knowledge that He was aware of me and my reading of His prayer. — Don S. Robertson, Spanish Fork, Utah

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