5/14/20

Our scripture this week is John 14:15-21.

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
John 14:18-19

Jesus gives us a wonderful promise, that we will not be left alone, and that because He lives, we shall live also. He tells us that although the world will no longer see Him, we will continue to know His presence. The Holy Spirit works in us and through us so that His love may still be shared with all God’s children.

Even the most solitary among us need the warmth of contact with others now and then. We were made for each other and the desire to be connected is within us all. Through the Holy Spirit we are able to stay in touch with our Heavenly Father and continue the work Jesus began here.

We all need time alone to process and rest, but God did not intend for us to live in continual isolation. During the last few months we have had to separate ourselves from each other for everyone’s protection, but as we see it is not our normal state. The Holy Spirit is with us always, encouraging us to relate to one another as Jesus did.

Wise and Wonderful God, we are thankful for the gift of relationship with You and the chance to share that joy with others. Help us to use our connection with each other to build Your kingdom, bringing all the earth to know Your love. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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