As that group returned to Dallas late into the night Sunday, our church's fellowship hall was filled with a spirit unlike any other. Seventeen 5th and 6th grade boys played tournament games and relished in the joy of fellowship with one another. Running, laughing and building friendships was the purpose of this night, so that relationships would be fostered in a way that allows these youth support in times of pressure and challenge later in life.
And that day, we began planning a burial service for a church member who had died after a long illness and had gone to be with her Lord. Her body on this earth had been filled with the Spirit and it was now resting in the Spirit eternally.
I believe each of these activities this weekend was filled with the Holy Spirit in its various forms.
The Spirit offered inspiration and encouragement towards a deeper understanding of justice. The work of the Spirit demanded oppression be eradicated, and to continue the march allowing all God's children to be treated as equally as they were created.
The Spirit offered joy of play and comfort of friends, to young men going through the major changes of development as tweens. The work of the Spirit flowed through the gifts of life: excitement, energy, enthusiasm. What a blessing to relish in faithful friendship and building relationships that will last a lifetime.
The Spirit offered peace and hope in the truth of eternal life to a family in grief. The work of the Spirit was revealed in the release from suffering in a long illness, to wholeness and healing in a heavenly realm. The grief of a mother gone from this earth found comfort in the promise of everlasting life, and the hope of reuniting again. The Spirit brought a peace that passes all understanding.
The Holy Spirit is alive and well today, as much as it was when Jesus walked into the synagogue and began to read the prophet Isaiah because he was "filled with the Spirit." Jesus announced the Spirit called him to "proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind and to let the oppressed go free."
I believe the Holy Spirit is active in each of us, if we just are prayerful and attentive enough to its presence to listen. What about you? How is the Holy Spirit at work in you today?
You are a blessing,