You’ll never walk alone
John 14: 18-20 (GNT)
18 “When I go, you will not be left all alone; I will come back to you. 19 In a little while the world will see me no more, but you will see me; and because I live, you also will live. 20 When that day comes, you will know that I am in my Father and that you are in me, just as I am in you.
These few verses from John’s Gospel are part of that larger reading where Jesus tells his disciples not to worry or be upset and to continue their faith in him and in God, and confirms that God has a place prepared for us all. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. All very well, but Jesus’ time on earth was going to be limited and what then? What then for muddled, weak, human disciples? What then if suffering was coming their way, how would they cope alone? These verses have probably been used countless times at funeral services to bring reassurance to mourners that they are not alone in their suffering and we all hear them again and know that we are never alone at any time, even though we may sometimes feel that way. Being a Liverpool supporter, the hairs at the back of my neck stand up when the fans give their rendition of ‘You’ll never walk alone’. What a wonderfully powerful song that is, listen to it again if you are ever feeling alone. The promise Jesus gives is that we will not be left alone and that he has already come back as he lives in us and we live in him. It’s hard to get your head around that concept but simply open your heart and the dear Christ enters in.
Lord Jesus, when the storm clouds gather, when suffering comes our way, when we feel discouraged, when we are lonely, when we are filled with worry, come to us, abide with us, reassure us that we never face anything alone and that you are with us as you have promised. May we know your peace that passes all understanding. May we glimpse your presence, hear you speak, and know your hand holding ours. Amen.