Volume 2, Issue 11: March 23, 2017

The early Celtic Christians called the Holy Spirit 'the wild goose.' And the reason why is they knew that you cannot tame the Spirit. -  John Eldredge

In my line of work I find that I am often talking about “the Spirit.” Unfortunately, as the spiritual says “everybody talking ‘bout heaven ain’t going there,” and talking about “the Spirit” does not mean that one is open to the working of “the Spirit.” There are times when I feel something stirring in my soul and I am overcome with emotion. At first I think, “I am just getting older and everything makes me emotional.” “Or, ”maybe I am sick.” Then it hits me, “This must be the wind of the spirit blowing and I didn’t even recognize it.” For some of us (like me) it sometimes has to be a gale force wind before it is even felt.

Like the wind that blew through University Christian Church the night Tarrant Area Churches sponsored an Interfaith Service—we heard scripture read in many languages, heard the stories of refugees, and prayers from people of many faiths traditions. We were standing together in the love of God and the Spirit was whirling about.

On Tuesday nights when Bread meets for a Discipleship Study I am often  over come when our discussions go to a deep place where we begin to think about how our faith can and should inform our lives. I feel the wind in the room stirring and know it is the Spirit moving among us.

When we worship on Sunday and my favorite Breadites are present—Jack and Jane Duncan who are one. I feel a gentle breeze, that surely comes from the Spirit, when I see how much Jack and Jane love being in the midst of our fellowship and how much everyone present loves to have them there.

It seems that “the spirit” is at moments whispering and at other times blowing us down to say—“every moment is sacred, every relationship is holy, don’t miss one minute of it.” I want to do more than talk about “the spirit,” I want to be open to her moving, pushing, pulling, and urging me to focus on the big picture of God’s love—that which gives hope, rather than that which causes despair. If we are open we can be led by God’s spirit on a grand adventure which will take us to places we never imagined. God wills for us a much bigger world than the one we can find on our own.

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.

                                                                                    I Corinthians 2:12

Blessings,  Jorene

Lenten Tuesdays

Join us on Tuesdays at 7:00 at the home of Taylor and Bobby Duncan for a Discipleship Study.