Check-In: October 10, 2015

Darin Charles —  October 7, 2015 — Leave a comment

Well, I have to be honest.  When I was planning the discussions for this “Who Am I” series, this upcoming week was the one I was most stressed about.  This week we’ll tackle “Who (or What) is the Holy Spirit?”

Most of us are comfortable with the concepts of God and Jesus, but the Holy Spirit, by its/his/her (see I can’t even come up with the right pronoun) nature is difficult to define.  But, this faith thing wasn’t meant to be easy, and it wasn’t meant to be done in isolation, so let’s get together and work towards a shared understanding of the Holy Spirit.

In John 14, Jesus says

26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

If you, like me, believe that U2 is not only the greatest rock band of all time, but, more specifically, the greatest Christian rock band of all time, maybe Bono’s lyrics in Mysterious Ways (which David first pointed out to me seemed a reference to the Holy Spirit) will help you form your thoughts on the subject

Johnny take a walk with your sister the moon
Let her pale light in to fill up your room
You’ve been living underground
Eating from a can
You’ve been running away
From what you don’t understand…
Love

She’s slippy
You’re sliding down
She’ll be there when you hit the ground

It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
She moves in mysterious ways

Johnny take a dive with your sister in the rain
Let her talk about the things you can’t explain
To touch is to heal
To hurt is to steal
If you want to kiss the sky
Better learn how to kneel

(on your knees boy)

She’s the wave
She turns the tide
She sees the man inside the child

It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
Lift my days, light up my nights

One day you will look…back
And you’ll see…where
You were held…how
By this love…while
You could stand…there
You could move on this moment
Follow this feeling

It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright

We move through miracle days
Spirit moves in mysterious ways
She moves with it
She moves with it
Lift my days, light up my nights

There it is, four lines from the end of the song – “Spirit moves in mysterious ways.”

Consider your mind blown.  See you Saturday morning.

I’m in,

Darin

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