Jesus said, “I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.
“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; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
“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, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16:1-15
Spirit of Truth
We have been on the road some time
seeking the road of spirit and truth
we have been misguided and discouraged
but we will not give up this calling.
Beautiful places have turned us away
small, hidden hamlets have made welcome
the overlooked and the forgotten
have become the place where truth is planted.
Love does not regard wealth as happiness
nor power and prominence as real
love digs down to the interior of the soul
into the very heart of people and place.
We will continue to seek the spirit of truth
for God abides with her where she can be found
silently at the break of every new day
she sings her welcome song of thanksgiving.
We will let her teach us what she has to share
find the love which she nurtures and embraces
we will become planted in this rich deep soul
and be a home for all refugees and asylum seekers.