Who is the Holy Spirit? What are his characteristics? by Lisa Hunt-Wotton
The Holy Spirit is fully available to all of us. He is the Paraclete: the helper, counsellor, advocate and encourager. He is the the third person of the trinity. He is fully God. He is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, has a will, and can speak. He is alive.
He is a person not some vague presence or cloud.
He is so valuable and important that He was the one that Jesus sent to lead us, protect us and guide us into all truth when Jesus departed this earth. We often minimise His power and presence in our lives.
Today I thought that it would be good to meditate on the personality and character of the Holy Spirit.
When all else fails, and you don’t even know what or how to pray. Think on the Holy Spirit. Our comforter and guide. Awaken the presence of the Holy spirit within you.
You must seek to be a blank state, You must desire to remain unwritten
Empty yourself of everything and Speak these characteristics of the Holy Spirit out loud and ponder on each of his gifts whenever you are ‘losing faith in God or yourself.’
The Characteristics of the Holy Spirit
These are taken from Henri Nouwens’ Book “The Naked Now – Learning to see as the Mystics See”.
Pure gift of God, Indwelling presence, Promise of the Father
Life of Jesus, Pledge and Guarantee, Eternal Praise
Defence Attorney, Inner Anointing, Reminder of the Mystery
Homing Device, Knower of All things, Stable Witness
Implanted Pacemaker, Over comer of the Gap, Always Already Awareness
Compassionate Observer, Magnetic Centre, God Compass
Inner Breath, Divine DNA, Mutual Yearning Place
Given Glory, Hidden Love of God, Choiceless Awareness
Implanted Hope, Seething Desire, Fire of Life and Love
Sacred Peacemaker, Nonviolence of God, Seal of the Incarnation
First Fruits of Everything, Father and Mother of Orphans, Planted Law
Truth Speaker, Gods Secret Plan, Great Bridge Builder
Warmer of Hearts, Space between Everything, Flowing Stream
Wind of Change, Descending Dove, Cloud of Unknowing
Uncreated Grace, Filled Emptiness, Through-Seer
Deepest Level of our Longing, Attentive Heart, Sacred Wounding
Holy Healing, Softener of Our Spirit, Will of God
Generosity of the Creator, Inherent Victory, The one of Sadness
Our shared Joy, Gods Tears, Gods Happiness
The Welcoming Within, New and Eternal Covenant, Contract Written on our Hearts
Jealous Lover, Desiring of God, Eternal Comforter.
We honour you Holy Spirit, you who pray in us, through us, for us, with us and in spite of us.
Amen and Hallelujah.
The Virgin Prayer
by Henri Nouwen
God regarded her in her lowliness. -Luke 1:48
You must seek to be a blank state,
You must desire to remain unwritten,
No choosing of this or that.
Not “I am good because.”
Nor “I am not good because.”
Neither excitement nor boredom.
An unchosen virgin,
And unchoosing too, just empty.
No storyline by which to start the day,
No Identity enhancers nor losses,
To make yourself valuable or not.
Nothing interesting, Nothing uninteresting,
Neither against, nor for Something.
Nothing to recall from yesterday.
Nothing to look forward to today.
Just me, naked, exposed,
No self to fix, change or find,
Nothing to judge right or wrong,
Important or unimportant,
Worthy or unworthy,
I stand and wait,
Neither powerful nor powerless,
For You to name me,
For You to look upon my face,
For You to write my script,
For You to give the kiss,
In your time and your way.
You always do.
And it is always so much better.
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