Pastor Jerry read from John 14:15-21 where Jesus in the upper room was giving his farewell address; that he was to die, rise again and then go to prepare a place for them, but He would not leave them comfortless. He promised to send The Holy Spirit to abide with and in them.
Jesus Promises Another Helper
16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
25“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Pastor told a story about a Bishop who had asthma and at times could hardly breathe. His daily prayer was, “Give me this day my daily breath.”
We have a need for air and breath; The Holy Spirit is the Wind and Life Force that is our ever present companion.
We have a need to be loved, and even a baby must be held and touched. Babies in the hospital are held by the mother’s and nurses. In an orphanage, it is important for the babies to have contact with adults, to be held and spoke softly to.
Jesus promised that he would not leave his followers to become an orphan. He knew they would suffer loss with him gone, but he was not planning to abandon them. He would send the Holy Spirit to be their/our companion. He will often speak softly to our spirit his peace.
Bad things happen, and they will happen again, but we have the assurance that the Holy Spirit will never leave us but will comfort us through it all. He will not forsake us or cast us out.
When we are frustrated and feel all is lost - - may we remember to pray this prayer - -
Give us this day our daily Breath - - because He lives.