MONDAY, MARCH 21ST
A TIME OF COMFORT
As we sit with Jesus today, we envision that we are sitting with other disciples, all of us eager to hear his words of comfort. Jesus extends his hands as a gesture of blessing and says,
I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 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. I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. (John 14:16-20, NRSV)
“I will not leave you orphaned.” How does this comfort your soul today? Are there feelings of loneliness or isolation, a sense of being all on your own? Could you use a helper, an encourager, a listening friend? What qualities of a loving parent could you use most today? Sit with Jesus in gratitude, because he will always be someone you can trust, someone on whom you can rely, someone you will always have with you.
My daily reflections and journaling have helped me notice how much God moves – around me and within me. I look back to entries from months ago and find thoughts, conversations, or incidents that prepared me for what was to come. I see recurring messages or patterns that invited me to pay attention. I discover how prayers had been answered, not always as I had expected or as clearly as I had anticipated. Through the Spirit, God was always there. I may not have recognized God’s movements at the time, but my journal has gifted me with recorded moments that prove I have never been alone.
Our comfort today comes from having this Advocate that Jesus promised. We are never alone. We are always being watched over, directed from within, spoken to in our dreams. When we need the loving help of a friend and guide, the Advocate is here with us. We may only hear a whisper, or feel the slightest nudge, or notice a tiny moment. But if we pay attention, we will always know that we have never been left as orphans.
Christ lives in us, and we live in Christ. Forever united. Never alone.