4-24-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted April 23, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Monday, Apr. 24

John 17:1-11

I don’t know many people who have a life plan all laid out nice and neat. It’s more often than not that people move along in the day-to-day life without really knowing the overall purpose for their being. There may be a few hints along the way in life, but mostly people just keep trudging along.

Some years ago, I conducted a funeral for a young man who lost his way in life. The people in his own community treated him in a way that reminded him daily that he lost his way a very long time ago. He was labeled by others early on and there didn’t seem to be a way for him to move out from under their labeling. He was unique and answered to a different drummer in life. It’s not good or bad, it’s just a fact. I’m pretty sure that he would have found many more comrades had he been born thirty years earlier or thirty years later in life.

In conducting the funeral for this twenty-something young man, it made me think about how precious life is and wonder why it is that we move along in our own day-to-day existence without regard to our life ever having an end date.

For today, let’s get out in the world with the knowledge that each person is unique. What might those who are different from us teach us about ourselves?

17:1 Jesus said these things. Then, raising his eyes in prayer, he said: Father, it’s time. Display the bright splendor of your Son so the Son in turn may show your bright splendor. 

2 You put him in charge of everything human so he might give real and eternal life to all in his charge. 

3 And this is the real and eternal life: That they know you, the one and only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent. 

4 I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me with your very own splendor, the very splendor I had in your presence before there was a world.

6 I spelled out your character in detail to the men and women you gave me. They were yours in the first place; then you gave them to me, and they have now done what you said. 

7 They know now, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that everything you gave me is firsthand from you, 

8 For the message you gave me, I gave them; and they took it, and were convinced that I came from you. They believed that you sent me. 

9 I pray for them. I’m not praying for the God-rejecting world but for those you gave me, for they are yours by right. 

10 Everything mine is yours, and yours mine, and my life is on display in them. 11 For I’m no longer going to be visible in the world; they’ll continue in the world while I return to you. Holy Father, guard them as they pursue this life that you conferred as a gift through me, so they can be one heart and mind

In this prayer Jesus prayed for himself and for his disciples. We hear of the gifts Jesus has given his people; the gift of eternal life and of the gift of God’s Word to them. We can also see that believers are God’s gift to Jesus, just as Jesus is God’s gift to us.

When have you been clearest about your purpose here on earth? How would you say people can best discover God’s purpose for their life? How would a person be able to tell the difference between accomplishing something they want to accomplish and accomplishing something God wants them to accomplish?   Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:   Ask a child to tell you what they hope they get to do in their life

Remember in Prayer: Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela

Prayer:   O God, we come before you this day in thanks. Thank you for creating us as unique individuals. We pray for your protection to surround us as we find your way for us in life.

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Lucia

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4-23-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted April 22, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Sunday, Apr. 23

Isaiah 43:8-13

I don’t remember where I learned this, maybe another classmate at school, but I tried it out and it worked.

There wasn’t a particular thing coming up at school, but I was just tired and I felt like staying home from school would be fun to do.

I told my mother that I just felt like I was going to get sick and that I needed to stay home. I was in the 5th or 6th grade at that time. My mother really didn’t ask for an explanation so I stayed home. I rested most of the day on the couch and just watched television. While I enjoyed staying at home, I wondered what I was missing at school.

Some weeks or months later, I asked to stay home from school and my mother wasn’t believing my story. She wanted to look at my throat and check to see if my glands were swollen. I thought that my staying home one time would ensure that the way would be clear for future times. I was mistaken. Apparently, my mother had also learned something. I thought if I tricked her once, the next time would be a given. Not so much.

8 Get the blind and deaf out here and ready—the blind (though there’s nothing wrong with their eyes) and the deaf (though there’s nothing wrong with their ears).

9 Then get the other nations out here and ready. Let’s see what they have to say about this, how they account for what’s happened. Let them present their expert witnesses and make their case; let them try to convince us what they say is true.

10 “But you are my witnesses.” GOD’S Decree. “You’re my handpicked servant so that you’ll come to know and trust me, understand both that I am and who I am. Previous to me there was no such thing as a god, nor will there be after me.

11 I, yes I, am GOD. I’m the only Savior there is.

12 I spoke, I saved, I told you what existed long before these upstart gods appeared on the scene. And you know it, you’re my witnesses, you’re the evidence.” GOD’S Decree. “Yes, I am God.

13 I’ve always been God and I always will be God. No one can take anything from me. I make; who can unmake it?

God had formed the nation of Israel. Israel had been consistently disobedient. Still, Israel was God’s nation, and through all their sins and sufferings God would work to demonstrate to all the world that there is only one God.

When have you said that you didn’t hear something, but you really did hear it? When has someone asked you if you have seen something and you lied and said that you did not see it? What was something you tried to get away with without getting caught? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you why parents want children to be honest

Remember in Prayer: Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela

Prayer:     Oh God, we thank you for this day. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for the times when we are completely honest and open with you. Amen

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Lucia

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4-22-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted April 21, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Saturday, Apr. 22

John 16:16-33

Especially while consoling families in emergency rooms after a trauma or loss of a loved one, it is very clear to me that finding the right words to speak is a difficult task.

We have our own life experiences and our own pain, but it would be rather presumptuous to think that others are experiencing things exactly in the same way we do.

When friends are hurting, we speak words that we hope might be comforting. We know that they may be listening to us and they may be thousands of miles away in their thoughts. We speak words and hope that they are received well.

We have each experienced someone speaking to us and it took days or weeks or months of years before it all of a sudden connected with us. The words spoken took some time to sink in with a fuller meaning. Maybe we just needed a little more time or experience to gain a better understanding of what the person was really saying to us.

16:16   “In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me.” 

17   That stirred up a hornet’s nest of questions among the disciples: “What’s he talking about: ‘In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me’? And, ‘Because I’m on my way to the Father’?  18 What is this ‘day or so’? We don’t know what he’s talking about.” 

19   Jesus knew they were dying to ask him what he meant, so he said, “Are you trying to figure out among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me’?  20 Then fix this firmly in your minds: You’re going to be in deep mourning while the godless world throws a party. You’ll be sad, very sad, but your sadness will develop into gladness. 

21   “When a woman gives birth, she has a hard time, there’s no getting around it. But when the baby is born, there is joy in the birth. This new life in the world wipes out memory of the pain.  22 The sadness you have right now is similar to that pain, but the coming joy is also similar. When I see you again, you’ll be full of joy, and it will be a joy no one can rob from you.  23 You’ll no longer be so full of questions. 

 “This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you.  24 Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks! 

25   “I’ve used figures of speech in telling you these things. Soon I’ll drop the figures and tell you about the Father in plain language.  26 Then you can make your requests directly to him in relation to this life I’ve revealed to you. I won’t continue making requests of the Father on your behalf.  27 I won’t need to. Because you’ve gone out on a limb, committed yourselves to love and trust in me, believing I came directly from the Father, the Father loves you directly.  28 First, I left the Father and arrived in the world; now I leave the world and travel to the Father.” 

29   His disciples said, “Finally! You’re giving it to us straight, in plain talk—no more figures of speech.  30 Now we know that you know everything—it all comes together in you. You won’t have to put up with our questions anymore. We’re convinced you came from God.” 

31   Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe?  32 In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me.  33 I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

In the next few hours, the disciples would watch their world fall apart; and yet Jesus assured them that he was the winner. Even though Jesus was going thru his own suffering and sorrow, he was doing his best to comfort his disciples in their bewilderment and distress.

When have you experienced someone consoling you when you knew that they were going thru their own difficulties in life? When has a parent, or when have you, put aside some other commitment because love or concern for a family member came first?   Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:   Ask a child to tell you when a parent has stayed home with them because they were sick

Remember in Prayer: Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela

Prayer:   For this day and for your love, we give you thanks, O God. Thank you the times when we are keenly aware of others who are in need and we attend to those needs. Keep our eyes and hearts open to those around us today. Amen

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Lucia

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4-21-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted April 20, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Friday, Apr. 21

John 16:1-15

When I went to college, I didn’t really have a clue of what it would be like. I think I wanted to act like I knew what it would be like, but I was really scared inside.

I knew that the first hurdle in my college life would be figuring out my roommate. My roommate was from a very small Florida town and she was very homesick. While my roommate had been very congenial via a few letters that went back and forth before our first day on campus, it was all too obvious that she did not like having a Yankee for a roommate. She proudly used an entire wall of our room to display the Rebel flag.

Knowing it was the right thing to do, I accepted the offer of my roommate to go to visit her family the first two free days of our college life together. We thought it was a good idea to visit her family after organizing our things in our room and then jumping in her car for the two hour drive. She tried to set me up on a date with a guy, but that didn’t work because he also didn’t like that I was a Yankee. After an hour of being at her house, I was so ready to get back to college and set up my things.

Only two days into our first semester of college, my roommate moved out of our room and moved over to the other wing of the dorm. She said she just couldn’t live in the same room with a Yankee. A month later she dropped out of school completely.

I was really not prepared for the rocky start to college. It was a new thing in my life and I wanted to succeed. I wanted to fit in and make friends and it wasn’t starting out that way for sure.

I quickly learned the perks of a college roommate moving out. Having a room of my own room my first year of college was wonderful. And as soon as the roommate moved out, I met many more people in my dorm and life moved on in a good direction.

16:1   “I’ve told you these things to prepare you for rough times ahead.  2 They are going to throw you out of the meeting places. There will even come a time when anyone who kills you will think he’s doing God a favor.  3 They will do these things because they never really understood the Father.  4 I’ve told you these things so that when the time comes and they start in on you, you’ll be well-warned and ready for them.

 “I didn’t tell you this earlier because I was with you every day.  5 But now I am on my way to the One who sent me. Not one of you has asked, ‘Where are you going?’  6 Instead, the longer I’ve talked, the sadder you’ve become.  7 So let me say it again, this truth: It’s better for you that I leave. If I don’t leave, the Friend won’t come. But if I go, I’ll send him to you. 

8   “When he comes, he’ll expose the error of the godless world’s view of sin, righteousness, and judgment:  9 He’ll show them that their refusal to believe in me is their basic sin;  10 that righteousness comes from above, where I am with the Father, out of their sight and control;  11 that judgment takes place as the ruler of this godless world is brought to trial and convicted. 

12   “I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now.  13 But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said.  14 He will honor me; he will take from me and deliver it to you.  15 Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’ 

The Lord warned them about the opposition that would come. The persecution that the disciples would face included excommunication and even execution. Excommunication had economic as well as religious implications, because much of the life of an ancient Jew revolved around the synagogue.

What are some of the things you have experienced in life that you really didn’t feel prepared for when you arrived at those events? What are some of your worst experiences in life that you’d like to share with others so they will know a possible scenario that might happen to them?  Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:   Ask a child to tell you what advice they would give to a younger child

Remember in Prayer: Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela

Prayer:   We thank you, O God, for this new day. We thank you for the gift of life and for the protection you place around us. Walk with us in each step we take. Amen

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Lucia

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4-20-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted April 19, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Thursday, Apr. 20

John 15:12-27

Many years ago, a friend sent me a note saying that she would be attending a family reunion at a park in the town where I was then residing. I was pretty surprised because the town had a population of 10,000 and it just seemed odd that her family reunion would meet there. Although, in her describing the local park, I knew she had to have been there before. She said that her family met for their reunion every 5-10 years in that park. The park had a beautiful large area filled with very tall trees that had been around for years and years. My friend said that I would have no trouble seeing their re-union as there would be signs around and the group would be about a hundred strong in attendance. She also told me to be sure not to eat before I arrived because they would have tons and tons of food to go around.

When the day came for meeting up with my friend, I drove to the park and parked out by the front entrance. I knew that things got stacked up when people parked at the edges of the one-way rode around the park. I knew to arrive early to choose a parking spot where I could easily exit when I needed to. I hiked the short distance to the picnic area and found an immediate problem. I could see that there were four distinct groups who were holding some kind of celebration that day. One gathering was a birthday party and another gathering was young families with their children. The other two gatherings were about equal in size so I walked around the two groups looking for my friend. I finally spoke to a woman in one of the groups and said that Sarah said I was to meet her at their family reunion. Just as Sarah said, her family greeted me warmly and invited me into the food line while we waited for Sarah to arrive. What a huge selection of good food! Some of the folks at the table told me about their childhood home in the town and I tried to picture which house had been theirs. About half-way thru my plate of food, Sarah tapped me on the shoulder and I got up and we greeted one another. She said that she had been looking for me all over the park. Sarah said it seemed so coincidental that I would have a picnic to attend in the same park on the same day as her family reunion. I know I had to look confused. Sarah told me that it was fine if I wanted to join her family when I was done with the gathering I was attending. That’s when I realized I was attending a random gathering. It was most definitely a rather humorous moment.

I was never invited back to future gatherings of either family.

15:12 This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you.  13 This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends.  14 You are my friends when you do the things I command you.  15 I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father. 

16   “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you. 

17   “But remember the root command: Love one another. 

18   “If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me.  19 If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you. 

20   “When that happens, remember this: Servants don’t get better treatment than their masters. If they beat on me, they will certainly beat on you. If they did what I told them, they will do what you tell them. 

21   “They are going to do all these things to you because of the way they treated me, because they don’t know the One who sent me.  22 If I hadn’t come and told them all this in plain language, it wouldn’t be so bad. As it is, they have no excuse.  23 Hate me, hate my Father—it’s all the same.  24 If I hadn’t done what I have done among them, works no one has ever done, they wouldn’t be to blame. But they saw the God-signs and hated anyway, both me and my Father.  25 Interesting—they have verified the truth of their own Scriptures where it is written, ‘They hated me for no good reason.’ 

26   “When the Friend I plan to send you from the Father comes—the Spirit of Truth issuing from the Father—he will confirm everything about me.  27 You, too, from your side must give your confirming evidence, since you are in this with me from the start. 

The ideas that keep recurring in these chapters are that the disciples must love one another, that they must keep Christ’s commandments, that they must act in the ways of Christ.

When have you attended a reunion or family gathering that was not a gathering of your own family? In what ways did you feel welcomed by the other family? Have you ever attended another family’s gathering that felt more like family than your own? What are the ways you try to make guests feel welcome when they visit you? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you what things they like about their family

Remember in Prayer: Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela

Prayer:   O God, you give us the gift of this day and we give you thanks. We thank you for those times in life when we are welcomed openly and warmly by others. Help us to welcome others and extend the same kind of love we would hope would be extended to us. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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4-19-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted April 18, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Wednesday, Apr. 19

John 15:1-11

When it was time to play team sports in grade school, I knew that I would not be chosen for a team. Maybe I should say, eventually I was chosen for a team but it was usually another classmate and myself who were left standing there and the teacher would shuffle the two of us off; one to join each of the teams. I was pretty quiet as a child and that somehow separated me from others. As is often the case, being social is a big part of being part of the mix with others.

When my middle school music teacher requested that I try out for the top choir, I really didn’t want to go thru an additional agony of finding another place where I didn’t make the cut. I’m fortunate that she kept encouraging me and I auditioned and made the choir. That was the first place I recall making a difference in life.

Before leaving eighth grade, there was auditioning of some sort to determine what choir we would be a part of in high school. I believe I was assigned to a girls chorus which was about the farthest from the top choir a person could get. I remember feeling sad that I wasn’t in a choir with any of my friends, but I was also happy that I was part of a choir.

That whole process helped me learn about putting forth effort and investing of oneself. I couldn’t just take up a seat in the choir and not put forth effort. I knew I needed to help the teachers know me as a team member and a person who would give to the whole and not just be invisible. I was honored to be a part of the top choir my senior year of high school

15:1   “I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer.  2 He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more.  3 You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken. 

4   “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me. 

5   “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.  6 Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire.  7 But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.  8 This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples. 

9   “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love.  10 If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love. 

11   “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. 

To live in Christ means to be in communion with him so that our lives will be pleasing to him. We know that we are abiding when God prunes us, cutting away the good so that we can produce the best. We bring glory to God when we bear fruit.

When you think of your life, what plant best describes you now? Spiritually, what plant best describes you now? When you think about your journey thru education, what are some papers or projects you worked on that needed to be pruned so they would be your best, and not just something that was mediocre? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:   Ask a child to tell you how their parents help in guiding them

Remember in Prayer: Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela

Prayer Request:  Prayers for the staff and students at Westlane Middle School, as they remember Mr. Goodman who passed away Tuesday morning. He was a teacher at the school and had once been a student there. Prayers for his family and friends and all.

Prayer:   O God, we thank you for this day. Thank you for the things we do that answer to your call upon our lives. Guide us to those new things you would have us do. Amen

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Lucia

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4-18-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted April 17, 2017 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Tuesday, Apr. 18

John 14:15-31

There are times in our lives when we know we need to talk with someone, but we may not be sure who it is we might call. We consider the sensitivity of the situation or the confidentiality or the wisdom or encouragement a particular person might extend to us. I think of the calls I’ve received over the years.

There was the waitress from the restaurant nearby who called me one night and said she needed to speak with me because she knew I was a minister and there was no one else who would understand. It will not come as a surprise to you that many people don’t want to call people in their regular circle of contacts when they have information that they know will be received with a great amount of judgment.

There were also the anonymous calls I received during the on-call nights at the hospital. The calls would come from within the hospital and maybe from a particular floor, but I didn’t know the identity of the person calling. The callers knew that they were calling a chaplain, and they let their words flow as if they had just walked into a confessional phone booth. They could feel free to share their painful information with an anonymous listening ear and unload what they needed to say and then move on.

Why is it like this? How do people get to this point? There are moments in a person’s life when they have to think about the information they will share with others. At some point in our lives we experience betrayal and that teaches us so much about people and trust.

What might it be like if we knew one person, one soul mate, who would be with us for our whole life; from the moment we took our first breath until we took our last breath? What if we had this person to always listen openly and lovingly to what we had to share?

14:15   “If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you.  16 I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you.  17 This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you! 

18   “I will not leave you orphaned. I’m coming back.  19 In just a little while the world will no longer see me, but you’re going to see me because I am alive and you’re about to come alive.  20 At that moment you will know absolutely that I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you. 

21   “The person who knows my commandments and keeps them, that’s who loves me. And the person who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and make myself plain to him.” 

22   Judas (not Iscariot) said, “Master, why is it that you are about to make yourself plain to us but not to the world?” 

23   “Because a loveless world,” said Jesus, “is a sightless world. If anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him—we’ll move right into the neighborhood!  24 Not loving me means not keeping my words. The message you are hearing isn’t mine. It’s the message of the Father who sent me. 

25   “I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you.  26 The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you.  27 I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught. 

28   “You’ve heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away, and I’m coming back.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I’m on my way to the Father because the Father is the goal and purpose of my life. 

29   “I’ve told you this ahead of time, before it happens, so that when it does happen, the confirmation will deepen your belief in me.  30 I’ll not be talking with you much more like this because the chief of this godless world is about to attack. But don’t worry—he has nothing on me, no claim on me.  31 But so the world might know how thoroughly I love the Father, I am carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to the last detail. 

 “Get up. Let’s go. It’s time to leave here.

Jesus was telling the disciples that he would not leave them fatherless; he would come back to them. Jesus would come back to them, but not with the same kind of presence they experienced at that moment. The disciples would see Jesus in a spiritual sense.

Have you ever felt as if someone who had died is close by somehow? What made you aware of their presence around you? Does God feel near to you? If you were trying to get closer to God, how would you do it? Have you ever felt as if you have a protective presence around you? Have A Day!

In Conversation with a child:   Ask a child to tell you what angels do

Remember in Prayer: Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela

Prayer:   O God, you give us the gift of this new day and we give you thanks. Help us to be present in these moments you give. Surround us with your protection and please guide our conversations with others. Amen

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