Monday, April 8, 2019
Full reading – John 14:15-31
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Reflection: What peace have you experienced in Jesus’ name?
We as so many generations before us, could not hear Jesus’ teaching first hand, but he has left us with something far greater I feel, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is with us, beside us, and inside us every day of our Christian walk. When we hear a teaching or read from the Bible or a commentary that’s a part of our walk, but the Holy Spirit is constantly there helping us to absorb and ponder that which we have read or learned.
Then there are the times when this same Holy Spirit is nudging us to do something. Maybe it’s to sit and read, maybe it’s to call or visit someone, or maybe it’s some sort of action to be taken. We can call it by different names, but I know that voice I sense inside me, pushing me to do or say something, is the voice of God in the form of the Holy Spirit.
Finally I know that when I am worried, stressed or overwhelmed I can in my heart ask the Holy Spirit to calm me, and bring me peace. I am suddenly less worried or stressed, and I feel that I am not alone in whatever I am surrounded by or facing. It is surely the peace that passes all understanding. A peace that is only there because I have asked God for help, and because I believe, and because he loves even me I receive it.
God, thank you for all the ways you bless me every day. Most of all, thank you for the gift you left after Jesus walked this earth, the gift of the Holy Spirit. I feel that Spirit in me and around me every day and I lean on that Spirit and depend on it in my life. Thank you for the peace that the Holy Spirit gives me. Amen