John 14:1-6

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”


Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.”

These are words I need to hear today – “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” I need to hear these words from Jesus because my heart is troubled. Jesus himself was not immune to this feeling. Three times in the chapters before our gospel today, John records that Jesus was “deeply troubled in spirit.” It is clear that we too may expect to feel troubled at times.

Over these past eight weeks, my heart has often been troubled by so much that has taken place. There has been much suffering for so many in our nation and around the world. It would be easier not to acknowledge the loss; easier not to see because it is so difficult and painful. And then there is the realization that I have no control over the current circumstances that we are living in. These times can be so disorienting and I find that I must with intention try to re-orient, re-focus, and re-center.

Left to my own devises, this task would be impossible, and that is why Jesus’ words touch my troubled heart. Jesus provides the path, “Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.” Jesus is reminding us that there is a center and it is not us. Difficulties will come but we can believe in God and in Jesus. In the Father’s house there are many dwelling places and there is a place for every troubled heart today and every day. When we focus on Jesus, we find the center of life even in troubling times. So wherever you go, whatever you face, do not let your hearts be troubled, believe in God, believe in Jesus and you will find the center of God’s love.

Faithfully,
Rose+


Jesus, you’re the center of my joy
All that’s good and perfect comes from you
You’re the heart of my contentment, hope for all I do
Jesus, you’re the center of my joy

When I’ve lost my direction, you’re the compass for my way
You’re the fire and light when nights are long and cold
In sadness, you are the laughter, that shatters all my fears
When I’m all alone, your hand is there to hold, oh

Jesus, you’re the center of my joy
All that’s good and perfect comes from you
You’re the heart of my contentment, hope for all I do
Jesus, you’re the center of my joy

You are why I find pleasure in the simple things in life
You’re the music in the meadows and the streams
The voices of the children, my family, and my home
You’re the source and finish of my highest dreams,

Jesus, you’re the center of my joy
All that’s good and perfect comes from you
You’re the heart of my contentment, hope for all I do
Jesus, you’re the center of my joy

Jesus, You’re the Center of My Joy, Words and Music by Bill Gaither, Gloria Gaither, & Richard Smallwood