September 14

The Promise
by Valery Dierdorf
Working with kids that have been in a transitional time of their lives, being removed from their homes, was very challenging, to say the least. Even having the privilege to adopt two great guys had its challenges. During times like these, there are many questions one can have. Spoken or, more often, they are silently thought. Questions like what will happen next? Or, where am I to go? Who will love and take care of me? What will become of me now? Normal questions that happen in times of transition or tragedies.  It’s the ‘Orphan’ syndrome.  

I think these had to be the same thoughts the disciples had that night.  Fed, feet washed, Judas left, and Jesus says he is leaving!     They had left everything to follow him and now he’s leaving.   If you have ever lost a child, spouse, friend or those that make you feel secure, you then understand the ‘Orphan’ feelings and fears and questions. It’s fearful because we are not sure we can manage without them, or maybe we are just not good enough.  Truth is God never created us to be self-sufficient. We were never intended to stand alone as individuals. He created us out of love to love and be loved. We are to be in relationships and live, dwell and remain within each other the same as the Father is in Jesus and Jesus is in the Father. No more an ‘Orphan.’ That is the promise. I will not leave you alone. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor, the Holy Spirit (Comforter), and he will be with you forever and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Because I live, you will live. On that day you will see I am in my Father, you are in me, and I in you. Those who obey my commands are those who love me and will be loved by my Father, and I will also love him and show myself to him. I will not leave you as orphans; peace I give, peace I leave.

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