Sometimes – there’s God – so quickly

blanche and mitch

In the middle of Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche and Mitch kiss and Blanche exclaims, “Sometimes – there’s God – so quickly!”

It’s my turn to lead our Confirmation class this week. I’ve been struggling with how best to present the 3rd article of the Apostles’ Creed – the one about the Holy Spirit.

“Sometimes – there’s God – so quickly!”

That’s the Spirit I think. It’s the breath of God which tells us that a particular moment is holy. It’s the force of God which gives us a passion for justice. It’s the presence of God which speaks to our conscience. It’s the flame of God which gives us courage. It’s the spark of God within us which helps us see the spark of God within others.

It comes by surprise. We don’t plan it. We can’t control it.  And it can breeze by so fast, that sometimes we miss it.

“Sometimes – there’s God – so quickly!”

When life gets so hectic that I find I’m missing the Spirit – missing the sense of God in my life –  I try to remember to pause and pray for openness and awareness. Just that.

May the Spirit in her power and gentleness take you by surprise today.

In Christ,

Pastor Jen


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