Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, `Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
"If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you."
I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." John 14:8-27
Having faith is definitely hard
being patient with God even harder
when the boat rocks and wind blows
desire rises to get back to shore.
The days have seemed endless
gathered together in our small rooms
waiting for signs and answers
we have clung to one another and sigh.
We often get it our own way
thinking we are not cared for
trembling in the long winter nights
assuming only disappointment.
God's time is not our anxious timing
God's abundance more than our imagining
we limit the possibilities and promise
for the Divine is setting our hearts on fire.
Shortly there will be no limit for love
no longer hiding from our shadows
no longer living in fear and trembling
breathing in the new breath of life.