Show me the way, show me the way. / Take me tonight to the river / and wash my illusions away. / Please, show me the way.
Show me the way, show me the way. / Bring me tonight to the mountain / and take my confusion away. / And show me the way.
Show me the way, show me the way. / Give me the strength and the courage / to believe that I'll get there someday. / And please show me the way.
Styx in “Show Me The Way” (1990)
“Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me. My Father’s house has room to spare. If that weren’t the case, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you? When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me so that where I am you will be too. You know the way to the place I’m going.”
Jesus says that his “Father’s house has room to spare.” For those of us who have found ourselves quarantined in our own homes for weeks on end, this sounds like a relief. Not only does the space to spread out sound nice, but a change of scenery would be more than welcome.
In this time of uncertainty and fear, these comforting words of Jesus bring us hope and peace. There is a reason they are often read at funerals. With the notion of illness and death all around us, maybe we understand the need for this comfort more now than we ever have before.
Jesus promises us that a place is being prepared for us. He tells us that, whatever comes next, he’s already there, waiting for us. In these days, which simultaneously stretch on and on and fly by so quickly, know that God knows what is unknown to us, and is already preparing where we go next.
God of Guidance, although I don’t know what comes next, you do, and you are already there. Help me to trust in your loving presence, and to be faithfully patient as I wait. Amen.
Through Jesus Christ, and by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, God provides guidance for us each step of the way.
Go and follow this guidance, full of courage and trust, knowing that God loves you infinitely and will not lead you astray.