Searching for the Spirit

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016

Recognizing the Spirit's Presence

The great goodness of a God of mountains is that however far our ascent to meet him may feel, his descent of love to meet us is infinitely greater. – Paul J. Pastor (A writer and grassroots pastor in Portland, Oregon)

Key Bible Verse: And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. … You know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. (John 14:16-17, NIV)

Dig Deeper: John 14:15-26

Few elements of Christian life of theology are so underappreciated as the Holy Spirit. [Throughout my life], I found myself returning again and again to these questions: Who is the Spirit? Where is the Spirit in my life? I learned all the “right” theological answers, but they did not live as I felt they should.

I cannot point to a single moment of clarity, but in the manner of many searchers realizing that what they were looking for was there all along, I began to feel that I had been allowed to pierce the mystery. I began to see the truth.

Where was the Spirit, but in my life all along! The Spirit’s presence did not require my recognition to be utterly real. I had missed seeing the Spirit in the everyday – in the colour of water, the eyes of a child, my daily work, my daily bread. I began to realize that only through embracing the Spirit’s immanence – his intimate presence in all of creation – would I be able to know him like I know a lover and friend; to understand the rich teaching about him; to see his power as elemental, delicate, unshakable, the inner life of all love and existence of me and of you.

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