Bible Journal Entry: Meditation on John 16:16, poem by Lois Horton Young

Poem read on the occasion of my grandfather James Russell's funeral service on March 30, 2018.

"In a little while you won't see me anymore. But a little while after that, you will see me again." John 16:16 NLT

What is a bible journal?

Penzu.com, an online journaling site, has an excellent description:

“A Bible journal is a hybrid diary where you keep both notes on your study of the Bible and a record of things that happen in your everyday life. Over time, as you analyze and study the Bible, you can apply what you've learned to your life experiences, which may make it easier to overcome difficult situations.

A Bible diary is a type of reflective journal where you use your study of the Bible as a guide to make sense of why certain things that you encounter in your life happen the way that they do, or are the way that they are. Doing so may prompt you to change your actions or perspective.

Throughout our lives, we sometimes encounter situations that are difficult to overcome. And often, what we should do in those situations isn't immediately apparent. There are many sources of advice that people turn to during these trying times, and one of them is the Bible. Those who choose to do so may consider writing a Bible journal. As you study the passages of the Bible and relate their messages to what you're going through in life, you just might find the inspiration you need to get through the toughest of days.”

​Reality Changing Observations:

Q1. A little while. This phrase is repeated seven times in this short passage. What do you think Jesus was trying to tell his disciples?

Q2. What would it look like in your life to grasp the limitations of time and then transcend that and begin living in a way that embraces eternity?

Q3. In the preceeding verses, Jesus tells the disciples that they will be filled with the Spirit, and along with it, the consciousness of God's presence. How does the Spirit fulfill Jesus' promise in your life that we will see Him again - now in this very moment - and for all eternity?

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