Today I fly to Montana with a heavy heart. I go with great joy for the work I am able to do and the wonderful people I get to work with, but leaving my family is especially hard this time. Losing my mother took a great toll on me. She was ready to go, I know, but I was not ready for her to leave us. Time comes when we all have to depart, whether for a trip or for another world beyond. Even Jesus had to pray himself through the leave taking and through the goodbyes said to all the peopled he loved.
We hear Jesus speaking prayers to his father. An intimate conversation, and yet a very clearly understood one. We are invited to speak to God as a child to a loving parent, as a family member to the one who knows us best. This passage from John gives us an intimate and tender look at the relationship of God to God's child on earth - and shines light on the us as well. We are children of a living, listening and compassionate God.
Today I entrust all those I love to the loving and listening hands of God. May we live today with the knowledge of how loved and cherished we are. May we tenderly care for those around us and lovingly acknowledge God's constant and unfailing love for each of us.