They call chapters 14 through 16 of the gospel of John the “farewell discourse of Jesus.” My children know all about the farewell discourse of Mom. Whether it was their first day of kindergarten, or their last moments before leaving for an international flight, or the day that I was the mother of the bride — or any time they embarked on a new thing — there were things that needed to be said. Instructions were offered, sometimes, and also encouragement and affirmations and words of love. Right before the good-bye, each word seems as precious as each fleeting moment.
Do you suppose that Jesus said his good-byes to his disciples with a parent’s heart as well as a rabbi’s pride?
I am at the end of two weeks of vacation, so I am not preaching this weekend. The first ten days were spent moving my household possessions from Pennsylvania to Louisiana. Even with lots of wonderful help, it was a big job and it was emotional. After all of that, the body is weary and my mind is ready for a change of pace. So, I’m looking forward to this day, hanging out here with you.
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Thank you being here! Let’s party!