May 28: Not Abandoned
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:16 – 17
Jesus said this as He looks forward to His Ascension. He knew He would be physically separated from His disciples. They wouldn’t be able to see Him but He wanted them to know they were not abandoned. The same is true of us today.
The Lord is not visible to us today and we are separated from one another by today’s circumstances. So the Lord’s words come to us “the Father… Will give you another Helper, even the Spirit of truth.” God’s Holy Spirit is with us and keeps us connected.
The spirit is there for us in the Bible, God’s written Word. He meets us they are each time we read it or hear it. So the Spirit dwells with us and from our baptism He dwells in us.
In the same way, Jesus is with you. He is the Word made flesh (John 1:1, 14) and the written Word and the Word made flesh are inseparable. The Lord our God is with you and in you and ready to hear your prayers.
Similarly, Jesus is with us through His body the Church. Though we can’t be together the way we would like, we are still connected by our Lord. Brothers and sisters in Christ we are still bound together by faith in Him. As a congregation, St. Paul’s is still working to provide word and sacrament ministry in the Divine Service and individually upon request. We are ready to provide help as resources allow and needs are known. Please talk with one of the pastors we will do our best to apply the resources we have. As the body of Christ we want to try our best to help in time of need. We are truly bound together in Him.
The Lord dwells with us and is in us,
Rev. Don Stock is the Associate Pastor at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church in Munster, Indiana.