Ahhhh, Sundays. I love going to church for so many reasons. The people are amazing and there is so much love in that place when they’re all there. Anytime we have visitors they are definitely noticed and welcomed with enthusiasm and genuine excitement at a new face. The coffee is great and of course, the donuts are a nice perk too. There are so many young children and babies and its so beautiful to watch them play and form bonds of their own. They bring such a life to the church that only they can bring. The music is great and our worship is always spirit filled. God moves in our services and truly inhabits our praises like the psalmist says. (Psalm 22:3) The message is always challenging and uplifting. All of these things make for a great time at church.
Today, during the service, I could feel my spirit uniting with the spirits of those there worshiping with me and it made me stop and think about they mystery of the Holy Spirit. (It also may be on my mind because we just had a teaching weekend at church and it was about the Holy Spirit) I have Christian brothers and sisters all around the world. Some I know deeply and some I’ve just met. Some I talk to on a regular basis and some I never even see because they are so far away. But it doesn’t matter, the distance between us. We share a common bond that keeps us united and that bond will never be broken.
This is one of the great mysteries of the Holy Spirit. Its a mystery because you can’t explain it. You can’t see it but you can feel it. When the Spirit of God in you connects with the Spirit of God in another the union is nothing less than divine. Have you ever encountered a perfect stranger and without even having a conversation you get this feeling in your gut that they worship the same God you do? Its as if your souls recognize each other. This only comes through the Spirit. What a beautiful picture of the third Person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead and his action perfectly displays the heart of God in his relentless pursuit of a relationship with us and his unquenchable desire for us to relate to each other. What an honor to be in a relationship with such a Lover as God.
So, here’s to all of my brothers and sisters, near and far. The ones I talk to often and the ones I have lost touch with. I may not always have you in mind, but our Spirits will be united for all eternity. AMEN!