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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Monday, May 16, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  John 14:23–29

Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words, and the word that you hear is not mine but is from the Father who sent me.

“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 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. 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. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur you may believe. (NRSV)

As I write this, I do not feel aligned with myself. It’s been one of those days, and I’m pulled in too many directions.

As I read Jesus’ message to his disciples, however, I’m struck by the interweaving of the Trinity to form a coherent whole. Jesus is clear about the roles of each of the three persons of the Trinity: Father, Christ, Holy Spirit. Jesus’ words come from the Father. The Holy Spirit will continue Jesus’ teaching after he leaves. Jesus is returning to the Father. Three strands braided together into one entity, stronger than any one strand and reinforcing the whole.

Jesus goes on to say, “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.” He is offering us the peace that comes from his wholeness. He does not present this as the world does, fragmented and fearful, but rather clear and strong and unified.

My role, then, is to align myself with Christ’s teaching, to step outside the disjointedness of everyday life to see the larger picture, to see the strength in wholeness. While my various roles don’t seem to interweave as well as I would like, they are all part of who I am and ultimately the strands will come together. Knowing that that is the goal and that peace comes from moving toward the goal is calming. And for today that is enough.

Holy Trinity, help me move toward wholeness in you, and grant me your peace. In your holy name. Amen.

Written by Lisa Stracks, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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