25 ‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But 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. 27Peace 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. 28You 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. 29And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.
Devotion by Lynne Buell
This past spring, the adult Sunday school class did a study on prayer based on the book, “A Praying Congregation” by Jane E. Vennard. Ugena Whitlock led one particular class and passed out journals so that we could write down our own thoughts and prayers. As I have mentioned before, I communicate with the Holy Spirit through prayer. The Spirit guides me on the right path and comforts me when I’m feeling lonely or depressed. As I read this scripture that was selected for my devotion, I thought it sounded familiar. I was feeling a bit anxious because of a million things going through my mind. I opened my journal right to this same scripture that helped me two months ago. It helped me again.
Jesus was preparing His disciples for His departure and indicates that the Holy Spirit will serve as their teacher in His absence. He also draws attention to the fact that they would never be alone. This is probably what the disciples feared most. They were being told that they were going to lose their teacher and friend. Perhaps the disciples found it incomprehensible because of all they had done being a part of Jesus’ life and their journey together.
Verse 27 has a profound impact on me as well. Jesus’ wish for the disciples to have peaceful lives seems like a command, but it is also a gentle directive or a requirement of true discipleship. In this world of technology, we are reminded of hatred and violence more so than of love and harmony.
My week starts out when our Sunday service ends…Passing the Peace of Christ and singing our Congregational Song.
Jesus proposed to his disciples to feel His presence and peace through the Spirit. This is how we should feel too. This is my joy to God.