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Acts 19:1-5: The Holy Spirit

Holy Monday, April 15, 2019

We tend to focus on God the Father and God the Son more often than God the Holy Spirit; yet it is this Spirit which takes up residence within when we prepare ourselves for the reception of God’s love.  I like to think of this Spirit as feminine . . . as nurturing, saving, sustaining, abiding.  I like to think of nestling into the soft feathers of this mother bird who welcomes her brood home.

As a child, one of my chores was to feed and care for our family’s chickens and I used to love to see the peeps run under the out-spread fullness of the mother hen when they were frightened or cold.  This is how I picture the Spirit: a warm and safe haven for those of us who find the world a bit too frightening.  The mothering bird allows her chicks to face the world . . . she gives them a safe harbor from which they can turn and face the world . . . and return to it for one more day.

We are taught that the Holy Spirit brings us seven gifts.  They are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord We are to take on these gifts as our armor when we dare to move out of the protecting wings of the Holy Spirit and into the world.

It is our willingness to face fear that ennobles us.

It is out readiness to examine our motives and actions that enriches us.

It is our humility before all that God is and does for us that glorifies us.

It is our love for all – including our enemies – that defines us.

It is our trust in God that strengthens us.

It is our hope in goodness that emboldens us.

It is our Spirit which desires union.  It is our Holy Spirit that calls us into bloom, to then bear fruit in order that we might carry into the world God’s love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)

These are God’s gifts to the world . . . and through us, they come to fruition.  Let us bring them boldly, hold them tenderly, carry them wisely, and return them humbly to our God.

A re-post from March 1, 2012.

Image from: http://netsbridalnotes.blogspot.com/2010_04_01_archive.html

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