Scripture for Lectio Divina:
“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.” (John 15:9 NRSV)
Today I write about abiding when COVID-19 is at its peak and the last thing I want to do is stay. That is what abide means. It’s a stable resting.
So, what does abide in Jesus mean, actually, especially when our lives seem to have been turned upside down? I am safe- my family is safe and healthy, and we are enjoying a spring at home. But my mind is often focusing on the what-ifs, to the what could-have-beens, not abiding in Christ. Then, what appears in my inbox- and email about this scripture (no joke!). It said this:
“We can understand this “abiding” as an expression of deep commitment and intimate communion. The Greek word that is used here in the original text has a sense of toughness about it. It’s as if Jesus is saying, “Hang in there with me, and I’ll hang in there with you,” or “Stick it out with me and I’ll stick it out with you.” The word is usually translated as “abide” or “remain,” but it has this edgy quality about it…. (It) offer(s) a challenge. The purpose of this “abiding” is to make our lives fruitful. There is work to be done and Jesus tells us that we are incapable of doing this work in our own strength. For this reason we need to be joined to him and to his strength; without him we can do nothing.” —Br. David Vryhof
So stick with Jesus, let him love through you and me!
Prayer of Response:
“Jesus, thank you for your abiding in the Father, that stick-to-itiveness that we need to do in you, so we can be fruitful. Give us the strength to abide. Amen.”
— Submitted by Patty Jehle
Patty Jehle is a US/Swiss citizen who has been living in Switzerland for over 25 years. She is married to Patrik and has three adult children and is currently teaching at the FHNW in Brugg. She is also a certified spiritual director (New Way Ministries), and is a certified (EASC) coach and supervisor with her own consulting business.