When I speak of and seek the spirit, I often hear the songs of spirit from our hymnals. “Spirit of Life, come unto me. Sing in my heart…blow in the wind…rise in the sea, move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice…Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.” SLT #123 Spirit of Life “You got to do when the spirit says do…when the spirit says do, you got to do, oh Lord!” STJ #1024 When the Spirit Says Do While these two hymns are different in their context and metric, they both speak to the idea that spirit is an energy and element in the world that exists between and beyond humanity. Spirit rises in the sea, in the hand, and says Do! The practice of spirituality gives us perspective of our everyday response to awe, wonder, joy, pain, and grief. Spirituality invites us to deepen our experience of the everyday and bring awareness to the meaning of our actions. To explore spirituality means to evaluate our relationships with the spark of the divine that resides in our own hearts, in the hearts of others, in the core of our great Earth, and in the stardust of the Universe.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Within us is the soul of the whole; the wise silence, the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal One.”
May we pause and take time to listen to the spirit and witness the ways it moves in, between, and beyond us during this month of March and beyond!
See you in church,