May 23, 2018
Pastor Paul Cannon
The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
Do you remember me? I might need to re-introduce myself after being away for four weeks (it’s felt like half a lifetime). I was blessed the past month to be able to spend that time with my growing family. Believe me, it was time that we needed!
My 10 week old daughter Elin (our second) came into the world, and it’s been a learning curve ever since. Sure, in some ways having the second kid is easier. Diapers? No problem! I’ve changed a thousand. Midnight wakeups? Been there, done that.
And yes, the second kid is more work, but it’s honestly not that bad - a few more clothes to fold, and couple extra baths each week. The routine changes, but you get into a rhythm over time.
The hard part in my book, is learning a new person and developing a new relationship. Elin is different than Isaac. She has her own quirks and joys. Will you please just drink your bottle while Mommy’s at work??? Isaac never had that problem. But Elin is a cute little baby too. I’ve gotten more smiles out of her than I remember getting from Isaac at 10 weeks, or even 52 for that matter. He was so serious (oh, how times change).
Learning a new person; forming a new relationship: That’s tough! But it’s the surest sign of the Holy Spirit.
Yes, the Holy Spirit - the shyest member of the Trinity. Jesus took on human flesh and walked among us. God makes himself known in Thunder and the Mountains. The Holy Spirit? She might show up as a humble dove or a gentle puff of wind.
But the real mark of the Holy Spirit is wherever relationships are being formed. I tell my Confirmation students that the Holy Spirit is the force that brings us together (calls, gathers and enlightens). It’s the spark of a new relationship, a holy connection made with God in worship, or the softening of one’s heart towards a stranger in distress.
That’s the work of the Spirit, perhaps not the only work of the Spirit, but it is certainly the work that impacts us most directly.
Take a second today, and say a word of thanks for all the relationships in your life, and prepare yourself for new ones to come.