The last 24 hours have been a wonderfully rich time for me. The hours could have been overwhelming – for in the next 24 hours I will be officiating at a memorial service and leading our regular Sunday service. All of this comes as I set on the precipice of the culminating services for Advent/Christmas!
I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the demands of the next 24 hours, however. Instead, I felt more grounded than I ever have.
Let me tell you.
The family for whom I’m doing the memorial service chose as one of the sacred readings a passage from the 14th chapter of John. The words included this familiar section of words attributed to Jesus as he spoke to his disciples: “I have spoken these things to you while I am with you. The Companion [sometimes translated as “The Advocate”] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I told you” (John 14:25-26).
Those words remind me that I am not alone as I face the demands of my days. I have a wonderfully unlimited source of support with me every step of the way.
In addition to this important truth, I love the way that Jesus languages his reference to the Holy Spirit. By using another label for the Holy Spirit – Companion, Advocate, etc. – I feel as if he invites me to think about the way I language it as well.
The way I most frequently language my references to the Holy Spirit is by using the word Creativity. I take no credit whatsoever for the creative energies that work through me – be it through the spoken or written word or through my music. That – for ME – is the living, breathing presence of God made real.
As I approached the tasks for this weekend, I was positively overwhelmed with energy as I followed Creativity where it leads. I never cease to be amazed where it takes me!
I know that not all of my readers identify as Christian. Some do not even identify as theists. Whatever your perspective, I would invite you to think about the aspect of your being that is larger than just your will, your intellect, and your talents. Think about that aspect and what word or words you might attach to it. Then, spend some time in coming days finding instances where its presence burst forth into your life and takes you to exciting places.
I hope you’ll enjoy the exercise!
See you next time!