"Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me." (John 16:32 NRSV)
Dr. Richard Swenson tells a story of a memorable birth he attended many years ago. A young pregnant woman was ready to deliver her first baby. As the woman, Brenda, moaned and groaned and sweated her way through horrible labor pains, Brenda's husband sat in the waiting room watching a horror movie. He was only a few feet away from his wife, and could clearly hear her distress, but he completely ignored her as he watched the film. Brenda's labor lasted for hours, during which time her husband never once acknowledged her presence. The first horror movie ended, and another extremely violent one began. Just at a particularly gruesome scene in the movie, Brenda's baby was born. All Dr. Richard Swenson could think at that moment was, "Go back inside, little one. You really don't know what kind of world awaits you."

This can be a cruel, uncaring world, but it is not a hopeless world. The Spirit of God has invaded our world. As Christ promised, into this world has come a counselor, a comforter, a guide. God's spirit is with us.

Dear Jesus, thank you for sending God's presence to always be with me, especially in moments of distress. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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