“Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.” John 14:27
As parents, we spend a lot of time with our children and gradually give them freedom, but we don’t just open the front door and say, “Out you go!” We start by leaving them alone for a few minutes, then increase the time as the child gets older and more comfortable being alone. I remember checking with my friend to make sure she would be home to help out in an emergency.
My earliest memory of school days is my mother bringing me to kindergarten. Because of an illness, I started a couple of weeks late. When I entered the room, I saw kids I didn’t know. Everyone seemed to be at home in the classroom. Mom sat in a chair by the door, and while all of us kids were huddled around the teacher for story time, she slipped out. I remember feeling abandoned and cried and clung to the teacher.
Jesus prepared the disciples for the time he would leave Earth by giving them a friend–the Holy Spirit. I wonder if Mother had just given me a hug and let me see her leave if I would not have felt abandoned. Fortunately, my teacher became my new friend.
Lord, thank you for the Holy Spirit that will never abandon us. Amen.