Jesus the Way to the Father
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe[a] in God; believe also in me. 2 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?[b] 3 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. 4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.”[c] 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you know me, you will know[d] my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
On the last day of the year, would I consider my heart to be troubled or content?
The world news this year has been pretty bleak. Sometimes things in my own life have not gone as I would like. If things are troubling me, maybe I’ve just not felt at home with things that are happening around me. But right then, Jesus offers some comfort. The future is His. And my ultimate future rests in following Him here and now, and trusting Him each day ahead. Keeping my focus on Jesus is like finding my way home again. As I think about walking the path of discipleship tomorrow and each day of 2023, I’ll keep looking to what Jesus shows me about life, and maybe my heart will not be troubled.
God, you made me. You claim and love me. You have a plan for my happiness and contentment as one of your beloved children. Touch me heart with the warm embrace you offer in my Lord and Savior Jesus. Welcome my heart and soul home. Amen.