Wed, Dec 21st

By: Brittany Fiscus

Matthew 1.18-25

Reflection—v. 18, ‘…from the Holy Spirit’

It’s much easier for us to attribute good things to the power of the Holy Spirit. When a worship service is deeply moving and without any major flaws—it’s the work of the Holy Spirit. When volunteers orchestrate a big meal—there’s the Holy Spirit at it again! These things are true, as the Holy Spirit is often up to such good and beautiful things. But what about when the Holy Spirit is inconvenient? What about when the Holy Spirit is persistently and relentlessly obnoxious? In this passage the Holy Spirit is at work in the form of an unplanned pregnancy, the fear of public ridicule, and an unwed mother. It’s not exactly the same ‘warm and fuzzy’ experience as that of a candle-lit prayer service. But sometimes it is the gritty less-than-ideal and inconvenient work that the Holy Spirit stirs us to do and we need to be attuned to it. Advent is a season of expectant paying attention. Is the Holy Spirit stirring us to spend less time in front of the TV and more time in relationship? In this and all seasons, may the Holy Spirit stir you to the sometimes less-than-glamorous but always worthy work of God.

Prayer Holy Spirit, stir our hearts and inspire us to your inconvenient work.