Letting Go – Good News for May 4

4 05 2010

John 14:27-31

Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’

If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.

I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”

The Daily Path: There are a number of sayings that speak of letting someone or something you love go free. Jesus is telling the friends he loves and who love him, that they have to let Him go. It’s not easy to let go of things we love. It might be a family member, friend, lover, pet, a precious object, job, status… oh yes, status. That’s a topic in and of itself.

So many of us are clingers. We want the things we love close at hand. I guess it’s a trust issue. If this thing I love isn’t right here where I can see it, touch it, and feel it, I might lose it. I’ve been burned in the past by the promise of “I’ll be back” or “I’ll be there”. It hurts when that bond of trust is broken. Perhaps the worst part is that I know I’ve done that to others.

Maybe that’s why Jesus’ words in today’s gospel provide great comfort: “Do not let your hearts be troubled… I will come back to you.”

If there is one promise of return that I can trust in, it’s that one. I know I won’t get burned again.

This theme is worth repeating: Time and again, men let us down and disappoint, but Jesus won’t.

If the Son of Man says he’s coming back, I believe it.

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