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Word For The Week

"I will not leave you as orphans;  I will come to you"

(John 14v18)

We are used to seeing heart-breaking pictures of orphans on the news.  After a natural disaster or during an armed conflict, there are often children who have lost their parents.  They are vulnerable, helpless and sometimes hopeless.  But Jesus assures his followers that he will not leave them in such a state.  Although he will shortly be leaving them, he will come to them in the person of his Holy Spirit, so that they will not be vulnerable, helpless or hopeless.  Followers of Jesus rest assured in this promise that we will never be abandoned, forgotten or neglected.  Jesus gives us his word that we will not be left as orphans to fend for ourselves, but will enjoy the sustaining and life-giving presence of the Holy Spirit.

 
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