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Never Be Alone Again

I will never forget the first time I felt truly alone. When my mom took us shopping, it didn’t take much to lure my attention away from the task at hand. I played hide and seek in the clothes racks and often wandered into other departments. My mom has always been a slow shopper. She loves to look at every rack and touch every item. Most of the time, she was easy to find because she hadn’t gone far.

This day was much like any other. I had wandered into a clothes rack, but when I reappeared, my mom was nowhere to be found. When I didn’t see her right away, I started rushing from rack to rack in women's wear. I shouted, “Mom!” but the ladies who turned around were not my mother. That’s when the panic hit me. I was alone. I was on my own, and I didn’t know what to do.

Eventually, I rounded the corner and reconnected with my family. I was flooded with relief and gripped my mom’s hand. If that’s how I felt after being reunited with my mom in a department store, imagine how the disciples felt after being reunited with their Savior, their teacher and friend. John 20:20 says they were “filled with joy when they saw the Lord!” (NLT).

These guys saw Jesus die on the cross. Now He's standing in front them showing them His wounds. Much like I felt that day in the department store, you can bet they wanted to grip Jesus’s hand and never let go. Before Jesus returned to heaven, He made sure they would never be alone again. In John 20:21-22, Jesus gave them the Holy Spirit to be their guide, their comforter and their friend. The same Holy Spirit Jesus breathed into the disciples lives in us today. When Jesus is our savior, we never have to worry about being alone again.

Reflect:

  • Are you experiencing the peace that comes with a relationship with Jesus?
  • In the same way that Jesus sent out the disciples, He’s given a next step to each of us. What’s yours? How can you be obedient to that instruction today?

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