Greetings Promise Church,
One of the scriptures from the lectionary for this week is John 14:15-21, which reads:
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. 18 “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
In this text we are reminded and reassured that the Holy Spirit is always with us. God will not abandon us, even though sometimes we might feel that strongly. We are in Christ, and Christ is in us.
Often it can be hard to feel the presence of God, but we must remind ourselves that God can use anything and everything to speak to us. God can speak to us through our neighbors, through books, through the natural world, through dreams, and sometimes even through our own thoughts.
Often at dinner time I will ask my children, “In what ways did you experience God today?” I think this is a good exercise, because it reminds us that God is not limited in the ways God can communicate with us. Perhaps we often miss the voice of God because we have certain expectations of how God should sound or how God should speak to us.
In my view, God speaks to us most clearly through the heart. If we can learn to see with the eyes of the heart, we will be able to recognize God’s call to us.
Today, ask yourself, where did you notice God’s presence in your life?
Prayer for our community:
Spirit of God, we thank you for your everlasting presence in our lives, in each moment. We continue to pray for the world, for all those who are sick, all the medical workers on the front lines, and all the essential workers who also risk their lives each day. We pray for all those who have lost their family members, their jobs, their livelihoods. We pray for those who are isolated and feel alone today. May they all feel your presence, your love, and your peace. In all your Holy Names we pray. Amen.