Today’s devotion is based on John 14:25-27, “I have told you this while I am still with you. The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you. Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried or upset; do not be afraid.”
In this reading, Jesus shows us the benefits of being part of the church. Through the Son, we have access to the Father. Because of what Jesus did the day after he discussed these things with his disciples, we have peace—real peace, not just the absence of hostility, which is all human peace tends to be. It is a peace that comes only through forgiveness and reconciliation.
All of this is ours because of the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit points us to Jesus and his teachings give us faith to believe in Jesus, claim his promises, and help us understand, confess and proclaim the good news of the grace of God.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for all you did for me, and for the whole church, on that first Pentecost. All praise and glory to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.