“Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”
As Saint Augustine says: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” We are made to live in fellowship with God and when we are estranged from him we are not at peace.
We spend our lives seeking, unsatisfied, until we realise that true peace and true satisfaction lies in relationship with God. In this world that relationship is always mediated through the cacophony of the world’s voices and this makes it difficult often to see God, or hear his voice, or sense his presence.
Taking time out from world is essential for our spiritual wellbeing, but also for our physical wellbeing. Jesus, fully human, tempted in every way as we are, nevertheless found time to celebrate his humanity in the presence of his Father.
help us to see what is important
and prioritise that
over what is urgent.
Help us to find that quiet space
to rest in your presence.
As we draw closer to you in this life
the next life becomes ever more real.
As we spend time in your presence
getting to know you
becoming one with you
so death recedes
a step on the journey
rather than a hurdle to be crossed.
Life segues into eternal life
51 Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.’