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  • Writer's picturePenelope Hurley

The Blossoming of the Spirit

Updated: Jan 7

Scripture: "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere."

James 3: 17

Music: "Wherever you Lead" Kristene DiMarco, Bethel Music

Message: The Blossoming of the Spirit

I'm lost in thoughts of the sky, our connection to the Divine, and Rev. Tom's message. The invitation he offers to enjoy the spring beauty of the sky, creation and all that surrounds us - while also turning inward, to listen in the silence and experience the love and a deeper connection with the Divine. Transcending the every day can lead us closer to transformation. We don't need to lead a monastic existence to draw closer to the Holy Spirit.... it can be in moments at a time.

Richard Rohr wrote of "The Immensity Within" -

"...There is an Inner Reminder and an Inner Rememberer (see John 14:26, 16:4) who holds together all the disparate and fragmented parts of our lives, who fills in all the gaps, who owns all the mistakes, who forgives all the failures—and who loves us into an ever-deeper life. This is the job description of the Holy Spirit, who is the spring that wells up within us (John 7:38–39)—and unto eternal time. This is the breath that warms and renews everything (John 20:22). These are the eyes that see beyond the momentary shadow and disguise of things (John 9); these are the tears that wash and cleanse the past (Matthew 5:4). And better yet, they are not only our tears but are actually the very presence and consolation of God within us (2 Corinthians 1:3–5). You must contact this Immensity! You must look back at what seems like your life from the place of this Immensity. You must know that this Immensity is already within you. The only thing separating you from such Immensity is your unwillingness to trust such an utterly free grace, such a completely unmerited gift..."

We can do both: soak in the blossoming spring around us, and spend time on reflection and communing with the Holy Spirit. May your week bring you a renewed understanding and appreciation of both.

“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Now, for the first time on the expedition the vista was primarily sky rather than earth.” John Krakauer, "Into Thin Air"

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