John 14:26-27 “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative-this is, the Holy Spirit-he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. 27 “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

Board Game-1(photo by Debi, painting of Lily by Rena)
SOS says “…I AM the Lily (the peace) of your valleys”

(Footnotes : 14:26 Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would help them to remember what he had been teaching them. This promise ensures the validity of the New Testament. The disciples were eyewitnesses of Jesus’ life and teachings, and the Holy Spirit helped them remember without taking away their individual perspectives.

14:27 The end results of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is deep and lasting peace. Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance; with Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present and the future. Sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt, and numerous other forces are at war within us. The peace of God moves into our hearts and lives to restrain these hostile forces and offer comfort in place of conflict. Jesus says he will give us this peace if we are willing to accept it from him.)
This is saying that the advocate allowed the disciples to remember Jesus’ life and to tell it in their own way. They were allowed to tell about Jesus’ teachings the way they saw it. The advocate( the Holy Spirit) allows us to tell how we see Jesus in our own way. We all have individual gifts from God. The Holy Spirit allows us to use these individual gifts for the Glory of our Lord. If we use these gifts and tell the story about Jesus (just like the disciples) we will have the gift of peace. We have a promised of peace that the world doesn’t know. ”

I want this peace! Peace through life’s storms. Peace of the mind and the heart. Peace!
I looked up advocate in Merriam-Webster:

In ‘The Daily’ retreat I recently attended on “Throwing Your Light Forward”, Sara, the author and our teacher used this scripture as one of the scriptures on communication and it stuck in my mind and brought back a remembrance I had in my nursing training and career. Sara and The Holy Spirit are great teachers. WOW!

I also looked in one of my nursing books the word advocate. (Transitioning from LPN/VN to RN by: Gena Duncan/Rene DePew) This book talked about advocate as part of the nurse’s role component. The nurse’s roles include advocate, counselor, researcher, mentor, collaborator, change agent, educator, entrepreneur, role model, leader, and communicator. This statement is very true about nurse’s. I would like to change it a little and start this statement like this…. The Christian’s roles include advocate, counselor, researcher, mentor, collaborator, change agent, educator, entrepreneur, role model, leader and communicator. If we do all this for God’s Kingdom and allow the Holy Spirit to advocate for us we will have peace. Peace in life’s storms. Peace when everything is falling apart. Peace in the darkest times. Peace!!!! I think we all could use this. Peace in English; Paz in Spanish; Paix in French; Friede, Frieden in German; Pace in Italian. Peace through Jesus Christ that the world will never understand without Him. So, Lilies ,THROW YOUR LIGHTS FORWARD and help bring Peace that Christ promised. Go Light Your World!!! Make our world ‘A BEACON OF HOPE’ so our daily lives can sail like a ship at peace and not at storm.

Ferry Ride(photo by Debi of ferry, Okracoke Island, NC)