Gift: Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe) – With the gift of wonder and awe (fear of the lord), we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.
Reading: And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you. (John 17:11)
Observation: Today, I hear Jesus saying that he has concern for us his disciples, even after he leaves this world to ascend to the Father. I am hearing that it is the same concern that every disciple of Jesus should have at the end of their earthly life. As we will see tomorrow, Jesus’ concern for us is not just about our ending up in Heaven, but protecting us while we are still here too.
Personification: Generosity It is my hope that I live my life for Jesus, but not just partly for him. I want to empty myself out completely for Him. It is only because I know that Jesus did this for me, that I know that I can do this as well, and I know that God wants this from me.
Prayer: Lord, empty me of all my own selfish concerns, so that I can be more fully yours. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen!