May 18

Lord, you gave your good spirit to instruct our ancestors. Nehemiah 9:20

The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.” John 14:26

The verse in Nehemiah is part of a recounting of all of the ways God had interceded and continued to support the Israelites even when they were not obedient to God’s commandments for how they were to live and act. Every time the Israelites did not obey God, God was always “ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love (vs17).

We have an advocate also, the Holy Spirit, who wants us to reach out and believe in God’s promise of life eternal. God is with us all along whatever roads we travel. He reveals himself through the Holy Spirit and gives us comfort and hope even in the toughest times. God is there. In him we have our power and being, aided by the Holy Spirit.

Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Thank you for being a presence in our lives. When we need it, you are there to encourage and sustain each one of us. When we insist on being independent and follow our own ways, you bring us back to your promise of new life. Teach us to bring peace to every conflict and healing to every hurt, and to know that you have given us the example to follow. Lift us, guide us, sustain us through the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Florence Smallfield