S (Scripture): John 14:15 [Jesus speaks to the disciples] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 I will ask the Father, and he will send another Companion, who will be with you forever. 17 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.”
O (Observation): A table of friends gathered. They have just shared a meal and watched their leader – the The Word made Flesh – bend low to wash their feet. They heard their leader speak to them about how he would soon be gone, and how terrible circumstances would become.
And so, in this moment of uncertainty, Jesus provides a ray of hope: the Comforter will come. The Spirit. The Advocate. The Comforter.
This Spirit would guide them after Jesus’ departure from this earth.
A (Application): I very much needed this word of hope today. Sort of down and out kind of day for me. The cold and damp weather has gotten me down. I’m a person of deep empathy, so the wildfires and mass shootings have got me down.
But with this devotion I’m reminded to put one foot in front of the other today. To plan now for future happenings and joys.
In the meantime, I will remember that the Comforter is with me and will be with me.
May this Comforter be with you this day, too!
P (Prayer): Lord, you bring to me hope and happiness. Lift me this day to know that you always walk with me. Amen.