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Jesus provides his presence. 

Something to read

…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…

- John 16:4-11.

Something to think about

There are two points in verse four. When we come before a judge, whether in a civil or a criminal matter or even in a disciplinary matter at the place of work, it is re-assuring to have somebody else to take us through the procedure, to accompany us, comfort us and speak on our behalf.

Jesus had the authority to send the Holy Spirit and in doing so, did not leave us alone, but left us with the best comforter, helper and advocate. In sending the Holy Spirit, Jesus provides his presence to continue to empower and strengthen all those who advocate for justice and fullness of life for all.

Something to do

To realise that we are not alone, that we have a helper, a comforter and an advocate who can carry our prayers and requests to God and empower us to work for that day when all know fullness of life.

Something to pray

God who provides, it is difficult to understand and comprehend all the work that the Holy Spirit does in the world and in our lives. Help us in our walk, give us understanding and help us overcome the things of this world in the strength and life of the Holy Spirit.


Today’s contributor is Mary Walsh, a solicitor and editor with an MA in Biblical and Pastoral Theology, and who co-leads a church in Radcliffe, Manchester.