I have been saying all month that May is a sentimental time. We have the graduation ceremonies, the retirement parties, the plans for summer vacations, and the transition from spring to summer. I’m told that Memorial Weekend is the busiest weekend for people moving between residences. Moving companies and vans are in the highest demand. And, of course, there are the visits we make to cemeteries to remember loved ones and honor our fallen patriots. Psalm 121 speaks about God in our comings and our goings. It’s all so sentimental.
Particularly so in John 17, our Bible passage Sunday during worship. Passage is a good word to use instead of text or reading. Passage suggests movement, of being carried from one spot to another. In John 17, Jesus ends his famous Last Supper with his disciples and prepares for his death. His final words come in a form of prayer. Read John 17 sometime this week. Listen to Jesus as he prays for our protection against the claims of this world. So often we feel under attack, don’t we? Illness, stress, relationship issues, anxiety about work, etc., all contribute to our defensiveness. It’s a blessed comfort to know that Jesus has us in mind. He prays for us. We are not alone. I find all this to be uplifting and encouraging, don’t you?