And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them. John 14:16-21

There is so much to digest in this short passage of John 14:16-21. Try reading it again through the practice of Lectio Divina. First, ask God to speak to you as you read this passage. Read the passage slowly, out loud if possible. What word or phrase stands out to you? Read John 14:16-21 again. Reflect on the part of the passage that stood out to you the first time. What might God be saying to you? Read the passage a third time. Respond to what God is showing you through prayer. Read the passage a final time. Be still and contemplate what God might be inviting you to do as a result of what he showed you in this passage.

By Jessica Rust

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