St Georges Hyde

Reader’s Letter

Dear friends,

Just as inevitably Winter turns to Spring (if it has taken a little longer this year!), so the hope of Easter is followed by the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  The Holy Spirit is often the most difficult part of the Trinity to understand. 

The Spirit is the essence of God, the driving force that enables us to be who we are. When we are lonely or afraid, the Spirit is our courage, when we struggle to see the way, He shows us Gods purpose. The disciples did not fully understand all that Jesus said, even after his death and resurrection, but the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost opened their eyes, he gave them strength and purpose to take Christs message forward.  In the same way, as we go on our own journeys of faith, the Spirit slowly reveals Gods truth to us. 

But he doesn’t just come. We have to be open to Him and willing to receive him. The writer Corrie Ten Boom once said that the Holy Spirit was like a hand in a glove. If we are the gloves, without the hand, we are flat and empty, hollow and lifeless. To allow the hand to enter, we have to open up to make room for the fingers to spread inside and once the hand fills the glove, we become part of each other. The glove takes on the life that the hand gives us. The Holy Spirit changes us.

The Holy Spirit has been with our church family through many challenges. His work is seen daily in the lives of our community.  As we prepare for our new minister and the opportunities our new parish will bring, the Holy Spirit will be our guide. This Pentecost, let us be open to receiving Him once more and be prepared to let Him work in our lives.

Diane Deakins

 

  ‘And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call’    Acts 2:39