15th August 2011

I’ll Put The Kettle On!

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
John 14:26 (NIV)

Sometimes it comes with a knock on the door, a phone call, an article in the newspaper, an item on a news bulletin, a stranger or even a friend—bad news.  Everyone dreads getting bad news. Often it can be life-changing, and has shattering consequences for the recipient.  If we are onlookers, we feel helpless and uncertain as to what to do.  Words don’t help—there are times when they are totally inadequate, turning well meant phrases into clichés.  We turn to a source of practical help—we put the kettle on and make a cup of tea.  A hot drink offers comfort.  It is something to do—a small but welcome diversion.  The warm cup is something to hold on to when the world is falling apart.  Leading charities understand the merits of a soothing hot drink when working with victims in disasters, atrocities or catastrophes.  Tea—the British way of dealing with crisis.

The relief from a cup of tea, however, is transient. It does not remove the reality of the situation, and the status quo remains unchanged.  The comfort element has gone.  Where can we find comfort and consolation that will last forever?  Is there a source where humanity can find hope?

Jesus knew how devastated the disciples were going to be when He returned to His Father in Heaven following his death and resurrection.  The Creator of mankind knows that we are made from the dust of the earth (Genesis 2:7).  He knows our frailties and our weaknesses.  He knows that we feel helpless at times, when we attempt to give assurance to others. Sometimes we are totally inept at compassion—like Job’s friends! (Job 16:2-3).  This is why God sent the Holy Spirit to empower us.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit we will be taught, we will be empowered and we will be enabled, to do God’s will.  This strength will energise us to have the compassion of Jesus Christ when we are with those in crisis.  The Holy Spirit is a gift from God—we need to trust Him.  Mind you, we may still have to put the kettle on!

Thank you so much, Father, for the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Thank you, Holy Spirit, for leading us into your light and compassion for our fellow man.  Help me to trust you more, Jesus, as I look forward, in faith, to your coming.

Irene Wilson

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