Daily Inspirations

Daily Inspirations

Tuesday, May 30

Saint Joan of Arc

Now I will no longer be in the world.
—JOHN 17:11

Today is a day for farewells. Jesus says he will longer be in the world, and today Paul also says, “Now I know that none of you . . . will ever see my face again.” The disciples are weeping. The people of Miletus are weeping too, throwing their arms about Paul. “You draw like cords around my heart,” says the traditional Christian song “The Parting Hand.” It tells of drooping minds, flowing tears, and mourning souls. But there are two things to get us through. “Duty makes me understand,” says the song, “that I must take the parting hand.” And then, moving beyond duty, the song cries out in hope, “On that happy, happy land, we’ll no more take the parting hand.” It’s not clear if the parting hand ever lets go until the end. The hand we grasp in duty and hope also leads us to that distant shore.

Acts 20:17–27
Psalm 68:10–11,20–21
John 17:1–11a

Daily Inspirations are excerpted from 2017: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Amy Andrews ©2016 Loyola Press. All Rights Reserved.

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