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Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Jesus is very concerned about the power of God's peace, so that our hearts are not troubled or afraid. The word Advocate means "helper," the Holy Spirit, that God has sent to us, not only on a day called Pentecost, but to abide with us, and be in and among us every day of our lives.

The word translated as "if" in the New Testament, can also be translated as "since." Jesus then says about the promise of the Holy Spirit: "Since you love me, you will keep my commandments." 

We live in a world that is all too "iffy" and not "declarative" enough as "since...then" reality in our daily lives. Jesus wants us to know that to be Christian is a gift that dwells within us, and that the Holy Spirit is our helper and giver of faith, hope, and love, in the "here and now" of our witness to God's grace.

Lord Jesus, the promised Holy Spirit is not defined by the word Pentecostal, but is the very presence of your life now lived out, in and through us. Help us to live out our mission for the good of all people. Amen.

Luverne A. Jacobson
Member, Augustana Lutheran Church, Portland, OR
Master of Divinity , 1963

John 14:8-17, 25-27 (NRSV)

8 Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied."
9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, "Show us the Father'?
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
15 "If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.
17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
25 I have said these things to you while I am still with you.
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid."

This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.