Gospel of John Reading Plan
Day 30 Reading: John 16:1-15
Bringing the Word to Life
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in powerful ways through of the Easter events being offered by churches this week.
Extra: Be sure to check out Victor Bregeda’s explanation of the symbolism in his powerful piece, Flame of Truth, at his website
Pastor Lisa’s Journal
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
– John 16:12 (NRSV)
Jesus continues to speak of the coming persecution and the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.
Jesus is patient in revealing truth and life to his followers. He leads us step by step, holding some things back until we are ready.
…be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. Resolve to be always beginning – to be a beginner! -Rainer Maria Rilke
Rabbi Jesus, Teacher of teachers, thank you for wanting us to know the truth. Thank you for the grace of growing in your truth over time. Your words and ways are life. You are generous with your wisdom. You challenge us and stretch us, but do not overwhelm us. Bless you for your patience and compassion. It gives us the confidence to draw near. See us here at your feet, ready to go deeper, ready for the new life it will bring. Speak Lord, we are listening …
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