The Holy Spirit is a mysterious visitor. She was with God at the beginning, when God’s Spirit breathed over creation. She was there at the conception and birth of Jesus, the Redeemer and as promised she is what makes us holy since the day of Pentecost. She convicts us in our sin and at the same time lifts us up to work miracles. She has been called by the ancients – “The Lord and Giver of Life”. She is the sustainer of our faith.
In Thankfulness for this empowering mystery, I offer this poem.
This unknown visitor, renewing what was stale,
Who leaves us oft as if she never came,
And yet we feel her memory assail
Our soul remaining never quite the same.
She meanders through our home both night and day,
Never set along a chartered course.
And weaving while we’re grieving or at play
Her garment which is ne’er bestowed by force.
Become enchanted by her seductive touch!
Expecting not to treasure her full power
To make alive the one she longs to clutch
Or pluck the supple petals from a flower.
With tender love she yields her gentle will
Her purpose made most clear when she is still.
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Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church (GA) in New York City has been chosen as one of eight internship congregations to participate this year in a church-wide initiative designed to increase our understanding of Holy Scripture and most importantly, to cultivate our engagement with it. In partnership with The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Vicar John Heidgerd will be working to develop innovative ways to deepen our faith formation and sense of discipleship for the sake of ourselves and our communities.