April 1, 2021
Scripture: John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God ...
(John 13:3, NRSV)
It is the knowing that gives Jesus the freedom.
He knows that God has given all things into his hands. He knows he comes from God and is going to God.
He may not feel it. But he knows.
As a parent of teens and a young adult, the pandemic has been an exercise in learning to cope with extremely strong emotions in other people and teaching them how to cope with themselves. Never an easy task, it's been a pretty grueling one this past year.
Where to start? With the most basic of facts – you come from God, you belong to God, you are safe in God, to God you will return, but don't let that last one freak you out because basically you never left.
Something like that.
Over and over, the pandemic experience has turned us back to basics. The fundamentals. The foundation. The essentials.
Jesus knows the truth. We come from God and we are going to God. This is where we start, and this is where our freedom begins.
Thanks be to God.
O God, with every breath, remind me that I come from you and am going to you and that I am safe in you always. Amen.
Lyricist and Poet
Christ United Methodist Church