If you have a sense that the Holy Spirit is leading you, ask yourself some questions. First, will this bring me joy? Does the world need this? These questions are inspired by Frederick Buechner who wrote that “our place in the world is to be found where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” The Spirit often leads us to the intersection of joy and need.
Continue to ask questions. Is this a loving action? Will it help me and others? Why am I motivated to move in this direction? These questions, while not guaranteed, often protect us from extremes.
If you get positive answers to these questions, and still feel strongly about where you are being lead, then check with a trusted person or clergy. If they agree, then by all means proceed with the action or further discernment.
I want to give you something to ponder. The Jesus narrative of Him sending us a presence to comfort us was woven into the Christology of the emerging church at least six decades after the death of Jesus. Does this make it not true? Of course not. The early church had many mystical experiences which they could not understand. The even earlier Hebrew Scriptures were rife with mystical experiences – just have a quick look at Genesis.
Can’t you just hear the words of John’s gospel that the early Christians might have said to each other? “Is this the Spirit He promised to send us?”
I always tell myself that something quite extraordinary happened a little over two thousand years ago. And it changed the world.
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May God’s peace be with you.