And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me…” Acts 1:4
Personally, I don’t like goodbyes, especially when it involves people really close to me. There is always left an emptiness that I don’t like. Typically in goodbyes we make promises to keep in contact and to talk soon, but many times we don’t actually follow through. That lack of fulfillment promise leaves us more sad than the original goodbye.
I’m sure in your life you have heard of parents who have abandoned their children. That situation brings much sadness, fear, insecurity, anger, and a false sense of culpability. When those children feel that, they can ease choose to act out and make their situation even worse.
When Jesus told his disciples that they would not see him again until after his death, you can just imagine their faces and hopeless, broken hearts. However, he goes on to tell them not to be disheartened, to trust in God and to trust in him, and that he is going away, but to ask his Father to send his Holy Spirit to be with them until the end.
And it happened exactly as Jesus promised. His Holy Spirit is with us to comfort us, to strengthen us, and to show us the truth in our way to the Father. Let us thank God for this gift.
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to our hearts so that we can follow your will for us. Amen