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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.


A Powerful Holy Spirit Reminder

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”
~Psalm 50:23 (ESV)

I am afraid of forgetting the many blessings of Easter morning, so I have been waking up early to watch the sun rise. I want to remember that Christ is risen…risen indeed! It just seems too easy to delete the reality of the resurrection from my short term memory and move on with ministry and daily life without taking time to honor and glorify God.

Each new morning, I have been reminding myself to receive from God the power of Holy Spirit. But more than that, as I offer prayers of thanks for God’s daily presence and seek to order my day in this way, I am given a glimpse of the salvation of God. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul describes, even better than I can, what happens in these early morning moments.

God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are.
We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children.
~Romans 8:16 (MSG)

May God be glorified as you and I receive each day a powerful Holy Spirit reminder of who we really are…God’s children.

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