Anticipating the Spirit

There are two kinds of anticipation in life. One is a sense of excitement and culmination in a long-awaited event: a wedding, graduation, vacation, adoption, having a baby, starting school or the election of a new president.

Then there’s the anticipation that the Holy Spirit is about to unleash itself in a way you’ve never seen before. Something inside you knows you’ll never be the same again. That only the creator of the universe could enter into a space and focus minds on a central goal. That unity and realistic projects emerge because they’re inspired by the very Spirit of God.

It sounds crazy but that’s the energetic buzz and feeling surrounding the conversation among young clergy in the United Methodist Church right now. It certainly feels that God is doing a new thing…

There’s a fiercely loyal minority still—not many, perhaps, but probably more than you think. They’re holding on, not because of what they think they’re going to get out of it, but because they’re convinced of God’s grace and purpose in choosing them. If they were only thinking of their own immediate self-interest, they would have left long ago. – Romans 11:5-6 (The Message)

We’re going to post Facebook videos to update everyone on this meeting in Nashville tomorrow and Friday. I’m sure we’ll all be twittering, blogging, Facebooking everything. 🙂 Shout out to GBHEM for seeing the significance of all this and supporting us every step of the way.

I’m attempting to use ScribbleLive to live blog our meeting. We’ll see if it works…

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