Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
“Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”
Rev. Sam shared a story in the devotional today about a friend (Julie) who had lost her mother and how she continued living after a great loss. Julie has a ritual to starting each day that included; rising early, sit is the same chair, journal and read her Bible and drink her coffee.
I wish I care share a story filled with faithfulness as Julie, sadly I do not. Rather, a more appropriate answer would be when I lost my mother, I simply stepped into her shoes to fill the voids for my family. Over time, I realized no one could fill the void that was in heart. I learned it wasn’t about filling the emptiness but recognizing the beauty of the space. All the things my mother was and is to me are still there and will always be! I am no longer afraid of the void and emptiness because she’s still my mom.
We can experience the same kind of relationship with Jesus, we have His story and those who lived and loved His during His life here on earth. They were sad and distraught after the death of Jesus. Jesus promised to never leave them or to forsake them, they did not understand how that could be when Jesus was crucified. Love transcends the grave, Jesus gave the disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit.
“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.”
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
Listen or sing “Give Me Jesus.”
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.