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.

The True Promise – Good News for April 21

21 04 2010

John 6:35-40

Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

The Daily Path: Earlier this week, a good friend and fellow traveler in the journey shared in confidence the struggle that he and his family are coping with. They are experiencing pain that I pray I never have to feel in my own life. As he described the circumstances, I was vividly reminded that man will let us down, but God won’t.

More and more I’m allowed to witness our inherent weakness. Even those closest to us will ultimately fail to provide what we need. Often the trust we place in them will be betrayed. Jesus experienced this time and again with those he deeply loved in his time of earth. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when this happens to us. However, we should put our faith in the one true promise, the real hope, that God provides each of us in His Son.

Everyone and everything else will fail in time, but I believe in God’s promise, that through His Son, I will find eternal life at the end of my journey. Of this I am certain… He will not let me down.

Room to Chat: Father, there is one among us who needs the Spirit to deal with the challenges he currently faces on earth. Some whom he has looked to in this life have let him down. Bring Your grace to life in this man and his family so they may find hope in Your truth and strength in the promise of Your Son, Jesus, the Christ. At the same time, may they also find the power of forgiveness, just as Jesus demonstrated when those He loved on earth let Him down.

Your Heart’s Request – Good News for November 11

11 11 2008

Psalms 37: 3-4

Trust in the Lord and do good, that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will grant you your heart’s requests.

The Daily Path: Two things have come to mean a great deal to me over the past year. The first is having faith that God will take care of us in our time of need. The second is believing that Jesus knows what truth is in our heart.