"Abide in me, and I will abide in you…" John 15:4

The words to meditate on today come from Jesus' words during the Last Supper with the disciples. In a borrowed room, Jesus called the disciples to "abide in him [Me].” He was about to depart back to the Father and yet, he wasn’t going anywhere. This invitation to “abide” is still God's invitation to you today. As you travel, eat, laugh, walk, talk, work, and spend the day, you still get to abide with Jesus. The invitation to abide with him means that he wants you to make your home within him. Think of your living room. Jesus’ desire for you today is for you to feel welcome, comfortable, relaxed, unhurried, and happy in Him. Yes, today will be filled with people, errands, responsibilities, and a million other things both planned and unplanned, and still above everything Jesus wants your soul to be comfortable and at peace in Him.

Give your self 60 seconds to be still, pay attention to your breathing, and gently say to your soul, "Though the world is hurrying around, my soul is at home in you, Jesus. Help me to live in and share your love with those around me. Amen.”

“The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It’s for you I created the universe. I love you. There’s only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you’ll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.”

— Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith,139.

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