Receive the Holy Spirit

Len Delony1Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

— John 20:21-22

After a truly awesome Holy Week, and the crescendo of Easter Sunday, we now are invited to receive the Holy Spirit and follow Our Highest Vision . . .

As we move on to this whole new season of Easter, here are a few final quotes to ponder from the book “Gifts of the Dark Wood”:

“God challenges us to live into the highest vision of ourselves, not the lowest; God calls us into community with others who reflect these same values.

One of the signs that we are hearing the Spirit’s call is that it doesn’t come just once, but keeps reverberating within us like echoing thunder. It’s like a voice deep inside keeps crying “Home!” whenever we entertain a certain thought or direction.”

While Peter listened for God’s word in Scripture, he apparently assumed that Scripture’s purpose was not to replace direct experience of the Holy Spirit. Rather, its purpose is to set us into relationship with the Spirit whose call frequently challenges our most cherished assumptions — sometimes even assumptions created by Scripture itself.”

This picture is of a well-known icon by Andrei Rublev entitled “Trinity” and represents the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in continual, loving relationship. Through gently gazing into it, we are invited to experience directly the Holy Spirit, which is at the very heart of loving relationships and holy hospitality. And this Spirit of Wisdom and Truth constantly calls us to new life . . .


Grace and peace throughout this new season,



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