And Jesus came and said to them . . . “Remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.” —Matthew 28: 18, 20
Jesus’ final message to his followers is one of both protection and power. He, and therefore the Divine Spirit, is with us always—not just when we are perfect, not just when we’ve got it all figured out. Always. When we completely ruin everything, lose our temper royally, or fail miserably, the Spirit is with us. When our world is engulfed in the abject fear and uncertainty of a pandemic, the Spirit is with us. When we grieve, rejoice, or lose all hope, the Spirit is with us.
An oil painting hangs in St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland that is both startling and comforting in its revelation. In the north choir aisle, beside the organ there is an artist’s rendering of the cathedral with Holy Communion taking place at the main altar. In the foreground, behind the cathedral chairs, there is a widow dressed in black, on her knees praying and overcome with grief, unable to join the others. Standing right behind her is the gossamer presence of Jesus, blessing and comforting her.
Knowing that we have a source of Divine Energy with us all day in every way can be comforting. It can also be empowering. Those who work tirelessly to find a vaccine for Covid-19 are not alone. Healthcare workers, doctors, and nurses are not alone. Those who are ill are not alone. Those who fight for justice for all people in these perilous times are not alone. Those who work for peace, for the oppressed, and for the marginalized are not alone, and the list goes on. When a breakthrough never seems to come and we are ready to give up, we are not alone. The Spirit is beside us, behind us, and over us, working along with us.
In what aspect of your life do you need to draw on this source of Divine Energy? Could you try? Right now?
Adapted from the chapter, “Survival” in my new book, Spiritual Truth in the Age of Fake News.
Borthwick, Capt. A. E., The Presence, 1910, oil on canvas, St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland.