Devotional for the week of May 17, 2020
It’s all about the relationship of love. Love is the first and the greatest of commandments, according to Jesus. This is the gospel of the Lord!
The two men seemed dissimilar in almost every way: their color, their age, their education and careers, their families and sexuality, the worlds they knew and the lives they had lived. All of it registered as a natural, albeit unconsidered, divide. When circumstances they could never have anticipated brought them together, the two began to accompany one another through years of capsized lives. They walked side by side in body and spirit, carrying along one another’s stories, fears, losses, regrets, and joys, each daring to let them slip into his heart. Amid the ebb and flow of seasons, the unlikely companions discovered in one another stories that were their own. Something of each of them was in the other.
Call this grace: the wretched demons of loneliness that had haunted both men stumbled, adrift in the wake of the companions’ fellowship.
Still, they knew that parting was ahead. The days of walking, conversing, and trusting the companionship would soon come to an end. So they began to speak of their impending separation in this way: “This is my promise: I’ll see you on the other side of this.” It was repeated with other words, which always meant “I will not turn away from you.” Call this the gospel story.
Grace is found in mystery, when strange circumstances confound expectations. Love is found in experience, when trust is discovered and nurtured. In a form we are not looking for, another—the Advocate, Comforter, Counselor, Spirit—will come to us.
“I will not leave you orphaned,” says Jesus. “I am coming to you” (John 14:18). It’s all about the relationship of love.
Devotional message and art based on the readings for May 17th, reprinted from sundaysandseasons.com.