November 17, 2019
Scripture: John 14:16-17
I will ask the Father, and he will send another Companion, who will be with you forever. This Companion is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world can’t receive because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be with you.
Thought for the Day: Jesus announced how the Parakletos would soon arrive. This is the Greek word that is translated as Companion, Helper, Friend, Advocate, Intercessor and Counselor… just to name a few possibilities. It is one of those interesting words found in an ancient language where the meaning is a bit fuzzy. This could leave some folks frustrated, especially because we are talking scripture. But I find this vagueness of meaning to be revealing – revealing something that is rich, fertile and alive. It is the Holy Spirit, and it’s a little like trying to determine where the breeze becomes a gust. Could it be that the Spirit avoids being tied down? Whenever we try to define something, we are adding parameters to it. At every moment when we feel confident in our capacity to nail down God’s Spirit of Truth, it slips from the confinement to announce, “I am so much more.” In the life of faith, this is probably a good thing.
Prayer: The moment I think I’ve got you all figured out, O Spirit of God, is the moment I am no longer able to perceive a part of you that I might need at some point in the future. Amen.
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