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Encouragement for the Journey 1 June 2014

Encouragement for the Journey

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Greetings fellow traveller,

Today in our KIDS N ALL we celebrate PENTECOST. Of all the special days in the life of the church this one offers a wonder – filled opportunity to celebrate, to delight in the sustaining Spirit’s presence in and among us. Last week we celebrated PENTECOST from perhaps a more adult perspective. Today, we have a different approach which is more experiential and tactile. One approach is not better than the other, just different. To participate in worship will always include our senses and evoke responses within us. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin a French Jesuit sums up our humanity well when he said:

‘We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.’

As spiritual beings having a human experience, we have the capacity to fully experience a range of human emotions. The metaphor of the Spirit, which currently appeals to me, is ‘breath.’ This divine breath or Ruach is the feminine life force, which is at the heart of all that is life. Our breath is truly mysterious.

The breath we breathe enters our lungs and through the various systems of our body oxygen is received for us to live. We exhale carbon dioxide in order for plants to live. To breathe is to be alive; it is what sustains our very existence. There is no part of our human body which does not benefit from the breath we breathe. This is a beautiful way to appreciate that there is no part of us humans that is not dependent upon the Spirit; it is what sustains the human soul.

I readily accept that we each will respond to the Spirit’s presence in our lives in different ways, yet there is also a commonality in our responses. Namely, the presence of those Christian values, called the fruit of the Spirit:

love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

When these fruits of the Spirit are present, they are evidence of the life and presence of the Spirit in our lives, and in the lives of others we meet along the way.  They are indispensable for healthy communities within and outside the Church.

On your travels this week, you will be given opportunities to offer these fruits in ways which others are encouraged and you are blessed. Who knows what will follow, for you will have made a difference in the life of another…..

Meanwhile Peace

Alf

June 1, 2014 in Ministry Team's Blog by

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