"I will not leave you as orphans." St. John
And Jesus knows this; he knows how life can be, and so he promises his presence and grace; he promises that we will not be as orphans. It is a wonderful word! It is a word often read at funerals, in that moment when life makes you feel like an orphan with the loss of a loved one. "Sometimes I feel like a motherless child," the slaves would sing. Life can make you feel that way. And yet we live by the promise of Jesus that we are never alone. And his grace and love are always there, surrounding us in peace. I rest in that promise today and always!