Recognizing the Spirit's Presence

Key Bible Verse: When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. (Psalm 104:30, ESV)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 104

One of the most beautiful works of the Holy Spirit is the sustaining of the world. Yes, he made all things, but both the Old and New Testaments clearly (and lushly) teach that he sustains all things too.

In the same love with which the Spirit spoke all things into being in harmony with the Word and the Father, he sustains all things. He holds up all of creation, keeps all nature like so many plucked notes in a universal symphony, according to the laws he has made. Inexpressibly complex music are we all, yet brilliantly simple.

Think of it. At no moment from our conception until now has the Holy Spirit’s ceaseless sustaining work failed to hold our inmost molecules in order. He is with us, with everything, the Weaver of all of reality, strumming the loom, shuttling the thread into place. He is as present with us this moment keeping the nuclei of our inner atoms revolving, as he is in the farthest nebulae, in the most untouched crevasse of a glacier unexplored by human feet, in the fire and magma of the earth’s deep core. Sustaining, watching. In his own way, sanctifying all thing according to their nature.

Being. Making be. Loving. Being beloved.

– Paul Pastor in The Face of the Deep

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