Welcome to our BONUS POST-EASTER WEEK of Daily Devotions!
THIS is our last devotion for this year. Thank you to all our writers!
John 14:26 (NRSV)
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
Lent is a time to focus on what Jesus taught us are the greatest two commandments: To love God and to love our neighbor. I use this time to prayerfully assess myself. How am I doing in my faith journey and spiritual practices? What are my priorities and what sacrifices am I actually making to help my neighbors – especially the most vulnerable among us? How am I being called to do better?
Recently, a friend texted me a sign that read: Forgive your younger self. Believe in your current self. Create your future self. In the context of Lent, I realized this simple message is what the disciples had to do to move forward once Jesus was gone. They had denied him in the past, were picking up the pieces of their faith after his death and resurrection, and then had to plan what to do next.
This challenge is important to our journeys today as individuals and as a Christian community. We need to acknowledge and also forgive our past mistakes; we must do our best to be close to God and to be helpful to our neighbors in current times; and we are called to be intentional as we plan and find ways to better serve God and to do more to help our most vulnerable neighbors in the future.
These never-ending tasks seem daunting, but the true miracle of this season rings through in John 14:26. We are not alone. The Holy Spirit is always with us and is accessible through prayer and our willingness to humbly listen as individuals and as a church community. How are we doing? What will we do next?
Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to teach us about faith and love. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit so we are not alone. Please help us to humbly turn to you in daily prayer and then to really listen for your guidance. Give us the strength to hear your call and to take actions to help our neighbors in ways that truly make a difference in their lives so we can reflect and spread your love in our community and around the world. Amen.