Make me aware of your presence that wonder may have its way with me, my passion be released, my confidence renewed in the depths of your holiness …
Ted Loder in Guerillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle (1981)
“I won’t leave you as orphans. I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live too. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you.”
When my wife and I were taking classes to become foster parents, we heard the stories of high school kids who were still in foster care. They shared that what they wanted most was to have a “forever” home. They shared the loneliness of not having a permanent, loving family.
You don’t have to be in foster care to be lonely though. Lots of people suffer from loneliness. Jesus speaks to this challenge when he comforts his disciples. He knows that by returning to God, his disciples may feel abandoned. Even though he will not be around, he still says the disciples will be able to see him.
How can this be?
The disciples will still recognize Jesus because those who follow him will continue to live out Jesus’ message of love.
In loving others, we see Jesus. In loving others, we see that we are not alone. God has created a beautiful family through Jesus the Son. Now the Son invites us to be family to one another, making Jesus visible for others to see.
Who helps you see Jesus?
Jesus, thank you for showing up in this world, in your followers, and in my own life. Open my eyes to see your presence throughout this day. Encourage me to be a presence of love that others may see you through me. Amen.
Go and chase the love that has called you,
Go and seek the truth that has found you,
Go and rest in the peace that grounds you,
Recognizing God is with you wherever you may go.