Holy Spirit

“How do you speak about the Holy Spirit in such a way that it is clear and has something to do with my concrete life experience?”

-The Genesee Diary, Henry J.M. Nouwen


It’s six O’cock and it’s still dark. It would have been five in the morning just a couple of weeks ago before the time change occurred. I quietly came downstairs to my usual morning spot. The clouds slowly became visible and the sky was being transformed little by little. When it was bright enough to spot three birds circling about in the break of dawn, I could feel the spirit somewhere in my heart reaping with joy and hope for the day. It’s a concrete experience. Perhaps the most concrete experience that I will have today. This connection easily gets lost once my all-human experiences come into full motion.

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.

– Psalm 46

My heart silently recited the verses that I meditated on just yesterday, reassuring the help promised to us. The Spirit of God, Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, Guide, Intercessor, Spirit of truth, Spirit of life, Teacher and Witness- in such abundant ways the Holy Spirit provides help to us. It flows like a river whose streams make glad the indwelling place of God in our hearts.

God is within her, she will not fall.

God will help her at break of day.

As I repeat these affirmations over and over, I can feel my soul strengthening, getting ready to face the challenges of the day ahead.


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