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It's early Monday morning and the only reason that I'm up is because I told my dad I'd get up early to check him in for his flight so he's assured a good seat on the plane on his way back to Florida. But, I'm also grateful to be sitting in front of the computer here because it's so quiet. For the next two weeks with the kids out of school and lots of things to do, quiet will be a rarity. Sure, I could be sleeping but being aware of the stillness just might be even better.
At church yesterday, I heard this line in the sermon (paraphrased):
"Perhaps we could all stand to be more like Mary who was consumed by the Holy Spirit. Instead of being consumed, we have become consumers during this Advent/Christmas season."
Since yesterday this thought has continually rolled through my mind: Am I consumed or am I a consumer?
Clearly, I can be consumed by things by other than the Holy Spirit, but if I remember this question in the context of the sermon, it is a good way for me to gauge my heart in the heat of the moment -- when the stress surmounts, when I am frantic to make things perfect, when I go back and forth in my mind about whether or not I have bought enough, done enough, am enough.
I ask: In this moment, am I consumed with the Holy Spirit or am I consumer of the ideals and expectations of this world?
If the answer is the latter, I am grateful for the grace of God, who is sends His Holy Spirit to fill me when I ask. I only have to ask. That is all.
SDG Community Builder: What if we passed a prayer around? What if we all prayed for each other that we would be consumed by the Holy Spirit? When you go to visit, after you leave a comment, would you also leave this prayer (or even this prayer alone without a personal comment would be a blessing!). You can copy and paste this one, if you wish...
Father God, You know the trappings this time of year. You know how easy it is to fall into the ways of the world. I pray that You would send Your Holy Spirit upon your servant so that they may be enraptured and consumed by You, this day and every day. May she feel and know Your presence in her life. May she be swept up in a dance with You. Amen.
Because I've not had a lot of time for blogging, I'm also linking this post to sweet friends:
Michelle at Graceful, Laura at The Wellspring, Jennifer at Getting Down with Jesus, and Shanda at Pause on the Path.