Holy Spirit

The discussion was entitled, ‘The Holy Spirit’ but someone commented afterwards that we seemed to spend more time talking about prayer.

What a wonderful, insightful observation. For whether we experience God as transcendent creator, more intimately as Abba, Father or as Jesus our friend, is it not in fact the work of The Holy Spirit within us that makes any of these experiences possible?

And this awareness of God is the very essence of prayer.

Is anybody there?

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So what do we do
When it feels like God’s not there?
We call
And we knock
But the door does not open.
We hear no welcome voice.

Consider the options
Bang louder and harder
Sadly turn away
Shrug and assume God’s busy right now
Drop a note through the door…

Sit down and wait
Make a phonecall, an email
Get angry and shout

What do you do
When you can’t find God?

Do you think He’s really not there?

I know He is
I’ve yelled in an empty church
Don’t play hide and seek with me.

It doesn’t feel reverent
And some might be shocked
But I cannot live
Without my God.

He wasn’t hiding in the rafters
But in a deep dark crevice
Of my own heart.

Beginnings and Endings

Abba, God, my Father, I gaze around as I walk and see the trees you made are wearing their late Summer green. A different green from Spring. You made so many greens.

This green reminds me that times are changing. Fruit is ripening. Nature preparing for the long night as Summer draws to a close.

Yet all around me people are preparing for a new start. A new term, a new class, school or college.

Beginnings and endings intrinsically interwoven; the very fabric of life.

Lord, the Beginning of all beginnings and End of all ends. You encompass all of life. Grant us now that awareness of your presence that inspires confidence to meet whatever the changing season brings our way.