Holy spirit

CAMPBELL RAYMENT: Be encouraged by the Holy Spirit

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This weekend I will be ordained in the United Church of Canada. I think I’m the oldest candidate they’ve ever had! Of course, as you know, I was derailed for a while with the head trauma.

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But the Holy Spirit wouldn’t let me deny my calling, my sense of hope, and my connection even in my worst state of confusion, frustration, and anger.

He led me to walk the maze or use my maze of fingers to renew the connections in my bruised and injured brain along the way.

He led me to be fair with the horses. I sat for hours in my puzzled state with them as they munched on grass. Yet in that time, resting in the Spirit, I rewired my spirit, awakened my soul, and they were my sacred community for my healing.

The Holy Spirit, it seemed, wouldn’t let me give up, though I must admit I didn’t recognize Him as being present while I was going through this.

At the time, I did not realize it, but reflecting on that time, only the Spirit had the power to bring me out of serenity to reconnect and reengage in life.

The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity of God our Creator and Jesus Christ our Teacher, Redeemer and Guide.

To many it may seem that the Holy Spirit is missing. We hear a lot about God and Jesus Christ, but the Holy Spirit in our disenfranchised and fragmented lives seems to be distant.

Yet our hearts yearn for that Holy Spirit whom Jesus calls “the Advocate”, “the Spirit of Truth” who will “teach you all things” and “remind you of all things” is “with you and in you”. (John 14:26)

The Holy Spirit exists everywhere and in everything infused with God, and that same Spirit is in you. It is the breath that warms and renews everything (John 20:22).

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It unites us from within to all things and to each other. (John 14:16-20)

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. We don’t know why we should pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with silent groans. (Romans 8:26-27)

The Holy Spirit invites us to a deeper life. A life of conscience with “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:10-16) transforming us from despair to hope.

Who knew we were so helped by the Holy Spirit!

So when you feel lonely, anxious, angry, breathe deeply and know that the Holy Spirit is within you.

That’s where He resides. In the moment. Here and now. Inside and infused into everything.

It is the peace we seek, the hope we yearn for, and the love we seek that is as close as your breath.

Reconnect with the Holy Spirit by seeing all of life as a reflection of God, being guided by the Spirit in the manner of Jesus with love and compassion for others, leading us to experience life again with fear and wonder.

Allow the Spirit of gentleness to open your heart, permeate your conscience and guide your actions by inviting hope, love, joy and inner peace to enter your life.

Be sure to join us on the night of the summer solstice, June 21, to navigate the maze, awaken the Holy Spirit, renew your spirit, and ignite your soul.