“I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. John 16:1-15
Waiting on the Spirit
When the fear grows at night
like rumbling hungry beasts hiding
when it seems as there is no future
the world is about to change.
When tears surprise us
when laughter spills forth
even in the sleepless nights
the world is turning again.
Waiting is like starving slowly
hoping seems endlessly empty
when tide won't rise to life us
the world is on the verge of birth.
The holy stands in shadow
dappled light and fully unseen
moving ever closer to the heart
breathing life when we are turned.
We might as well dance on the damp sand
roll in the surf as we chant our prayer
God has promised God has spoken
we are setting sail tomorrow.