August 9, 2021

Restful and Restless


The Spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:2
We in the United Church of Christ love to sing a particular hymn that speaks of the paradox of the Holy Spirit. This is the refrain:

Spirit, Spirit of gentleness,
blow through the wilderness calling and free, 
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.
 Jim Manley
When the Holy Spirit comes to rest on God's people, her presence is both restful and restless. The peace of the Spirit offers assurance of who we are and whose we are. And in that knowledge, there is power to act without regard to what others think. In the Holy Spirit, we find both the courage to speak and the wisdom to keep silent. In the Spirit's power, we find our rest in God even as we continue our journey along Christ's path.

May we ever embrace the paradox of the Holy Spirit, and forget our own schemes when the will of God is made clear to us.
They were not able in the presence of the people to trap him by what he said; and being amazed by his answer, they became silent.
 Luke 20:26
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Blow through your people as the wind of the Spirit, O Creator God, bringing us both restfulness and restlessness, gentleness and strength, in your Son's Name.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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