“I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth…. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you. …. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. (John14:15-17,26 MSG)
Spirit Cloud Computing
At a dinner in Ottawa last week, the fellow next to me and I were discussing an issue of social justice. He was interested in a reference I made to an African author. Out popped my phone and in seconds I accessed the article from my “cloud” of files and he was reading it. The magic of whatever cloud storage method you may use is still amazing to me – invisible, accessible, portable, and enormous capacity.
Our faith in the invisible capacity of the cloud pales by comparison to Jesus’ vision of our spiritual capacity. For thousands of years the invisible presence of Spirit has brought comfort, wisdom, knowledge and courage to untold millions of people – and there is no accelerating fee for increased capacity.
Jesus committed to giving us the gift of the Spirit’s presence, memory and accessibility and it’s not passive storage but moves in and through us. The Spirit comes to us offering friendship, wisdom and memory of Jesus’ life and teaching. The noise of one “cloud” can choke our sensitivity and awareness of a more profound and quiet one.
A Prayer for Today
God, your three-fold expression of yourself is quite a mystery to me. Thank you for the internal conversations you have that care for us as your beloved children. You come to us not just for our comfort and ease but forcourage to live as you lived. May your life of reconciliation, forgiveness and love be expressed in us this day and in the days ahead… For Jesus’ sake