I will not leave you as orphans ...

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

This verse reminds me of that verse our Lord spoke to his disciples before he ascended into heaven.. the one where he said that he would be with them unto the end of the age. Both in that verse and in this one Jesus is speaking of the presence of the Holy Spirit. On the Day of Pentecost the disciples experienced a powerful move of the Spirit and many, like me, have had similar experiences of being moved, and indwelt, by the Holy Spirit.

Even so I do not think that we should limit the moving, and work, of the Holy Spirit to such extraordinary experiences. I think that His presence can often be felt in simple acts like love, forgiveness, faithfulness and singing - I know that I often feel His presence when I am in worship. Yet He sometimes puts skin on and comes with the touch of a member of the body of Christ. And the truth is that He is there whether we feel His presence or not.

Abba. Dear Father. I am not alone. Thank you that I am not a spiritual orphan.

1 comment:

  1. As someone who has buried both parents, the idea of God as Abba is huge.


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