Advent: Encountering the Holy Spirit

The early protagonists had a directness in their encounters with God that was, perhaps, simpler in their simpler world than it is for us in our far more complex universe. *

Advent is the time I remember that Mary had an extremely direct encounter with the Holy Spirit. Each year pondering the angel’s words even as Mary did, offers fresh insight into the Holy Spirit’s work in my own life. 

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.  ~Luke 1:35

As Advent comes to a close, I invite you to read the article below I wrote for Faithward about the direct encounters with God that Moses, Elijah and Mary experienced. And I challenge you to pray for your own direct encounter with the Holy Spirit this Christmas and beyond.

If you are a spiritual director how might you pray for new experiences of the Holy Spirit during direction sessions. And then how might share them with your supervisor. If you are in spiritual direction, share moments when the Holy Spirit comes over you with your director.

*L’Engle, Madeleine and Chase, Carole F. (ed.). Glimpses of Grace: Daily Thoughts and Reflections. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1996.

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