Encouragement for the Journey 19 May 2013

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Encouragement for the Journey 19 May 2013

Encouragement for the Journey

Pentecost Dove

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

I have mentioned previously, how for me, a good café is very conducive for writing and reflecting. I would like to have been around in the 1920’s and spent time in the cafes of Paris, Berlin or Vienna. Alas, that will never be, for time travel is not yet quite perfected.

Cafes are extraordinary places, offering all kinds of mouth watering delicacies and tasty morsels. Of course I am not forgetting good coffee and tea. The heart of a cafe is not the barista or the kitchen; it is the table at which human beings may sit sometimes alone or with another person and have a conversation. Hold that thought of being with another person in a cafe for a moment.

Today in our Café Church, we celebrate Pentecost, the giving of the Holy Spirit. If we perceive the Holy Spirit to be just for us, who are in the Church, we do immense injustice to the Spirit’s presence in the whole of creation. The Church does not own or have a monopoly on the Holy Spirit. The presence of the Spirit permeates the whole of creation.

I WANT TO STATE VERY CLEARLY IT IS MY BELIEF GOD’S SPIRIT IS THE SPIRIT OF THE COSMOS. IT IS THE VERY BREATH OF LIFE IN EVERY APECT OF CREATION AND WITHIN EVERY PERSON. THERE IS NO BOUNDARY BETWEEN RELIGIOUS AND NON – RELIGIOUS. ALL ARE EMBRACED WITHIN THE MYSTERY OF SPIRIT- THE DIVINE RUACH (the feminine life force at the heart of all life)

So the next time you enter a Café, alone or with another human being, pause for a moment, imagine that the Divine Ruach or breath of God has already gone before you and is already present in every person in that Café.

Likewise here today in our Café Church, pause for a moment, imagine that the Divine Ruach or breath of God has already gone before you and is already present in every person in this place, present in every conversation taking place across each table. Along with being present in you and in any conversation you may have.

What a wonderful thought!

Meanwhile Peace in the eternal embrace of the Spirit

Alf