Devotion for Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2013

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.  (John 14:1-3)

The words of this spiritual seem most appropriate here:

Why should I feel discouraged,
Why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely
And long for heaven, my home
When Jesus is my portion?
My constant friend is He.
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy.
I sing because I’m free.
For his eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Let not your heart be troubled,”
His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness,
I lose my doubts and fears.
Though by the path He leadeth,
But one step I may see.
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted,
Whenever clouds arise,
When song gives place to sighing,
When hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him
For care; He sets me free.
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

 -Submitted by Jan Lanterman

GPS Reflection
At times we tend to “sell” people on heaven by listing benefits—golden streets, no death, mansions. (Translators believe a phrase like “my Father’s house has plenty of room” is more accurate than “many mansions.”) What one feature of the future life did Jesus mention in verse 3? What do you most look forward to in being with Jesus?

John says Jesus promised the disciples a “comforter” or “advocate” (Greek Paraclete, literally “one who stands with”). In verse 18 he said the Holy Spirit’s presence was the same as his: “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” How have you sensed Jesus with you through the Holy Spirit’s work in your life?

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