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Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Acts 20:28-38; John 17:11b-19

Jesus prays that God will protect and guard all those given to him in the Father’s name.  How can we go wrong, knowing that Jesus continues to pray on our behalf and that God continues to give us strength and power?  We shouldn’t think about our lives, then, in terms of our weaknesses, but in terms of our strengths.  But that is not so easy to do all of the time, especially as we grow older and have to acknowledge that we are physically weaker and our health is often challenged.  I have come to think, however, that during those times, God is even more with us.  It is during these times when we draw closer to God for strength that we are even more protected from evil.  While we may be weak in some ways, we can become stronger in truth in the word.

We will not get out of this life without a full realization of our weaknesses but that shouldn’t make us vulnerable to evil.  John says that Jesus didn’t ask for us to be taken out of the world, but rather to be protected from the evil one.  We are fully in God’s love and grace in the midst of this world’s challenges.  Our job on this earth is to keep watch over ourselves and others, especially the weak and the poor because this is what Jesus asked us to do.  To do this, God gives us power, the Holy Spirit calls us, and Jesus prays for us.  I like the phrase, “take care,” that we often say when we depart from our loved ones.  I think that is what Jesus said when he left this earth:  “Take Care.”  I think sharing this message is as powerful as saying, “The Peace of Christ be with you” and I warmly extend both greetings to all of our readers this day.

By Barbara Dilly

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