Friendship Presbyterian Daily Scripture & Reflection

Daily Scripture

May 9, 2012

JOHN 15:4
Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 

I've been thinking about this word abide. What does it mean to abide in someone? To abide in Jesus? The word has several meanings. It can mean to dwell in or to sojourn, which are words I gravitate to. I imagine dwelling in Christ to be an act of centering. Of being reminded of who and whose I am. But as I thought about the word abide I realized that it has other meanings as well. It can mean to follow the rules, to stay put, to stick it out, to wait patiently. 

There times that we can sit in the quiet space of prayer or even in the chaos of our lives and remember with joy that we are grounded in the goodness of God. Other times the chaos doesn't seem so joyous and the quiet can be oppressive and lonely. There are moments in which we don't feel particularly connected to God or one another and in this scripture from the Gospel of John Jesus invites us to hang on -- even when the connection seems tenuous at best, he promises a mutually life-giving relationship. Stand by me Jesus tells us. Stand by me and I will stand by you

What does it mean to stand by Jesus in our own time and place? To dwell in and go with Christ?

May God be your dwelling place,
and your companion as you sojourn,
May you abide in Jesus in the midst of this complex world
And know that Jesus abides in you,
May your life in God bear the fruits of this connection,
And may it connect you to the world.


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Musical Meditation

Ben E. King
Stand By Me
No I won't be afraid,
no I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand,
stand by me
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