Hagerstown Church of the Brethren
15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-733-3565 * FAX: 301-733-3598

"Church in the Heart of the City with the City at Heart"
Continuing the work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.

From Pastor Twyla's Desk - February 2002

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26) 
This morning I received an email from someone who felt led to share something with me. I’m really glad he did because it triggered a thought about what I should write about for this month’s pastor’s pen. I’m not always sure what to write. The email I received had absolutely nothing to do with the newsletter, but the mere act of writing the email to share something positive with me, presented itself to me as a moment when someone allowed the Spirit to move him to write something to me.

Making ourselves aware of the Holy Spirit’s movement within us is a practice that presents us with opportunities and guidance for doing God’s will. The Holy Spirit brings the power of God and the love of Jesus into us each, individually, so they are revealed in our beings through what we say and do. We long for Jesus’ guidance in our lives to keep us from harm, to keep us on the right path, to keep us close to God’s heart, and to keep us in the know of God’s will for us. Jesus knows our longing, and so, he promised us that he would be with us always. This promise is fulfilled through the Holy Spirit dwelling in us.

Sometimes, the Spirit comes to us as the voice of our conscience helping us to recognize the difference between right and wrong. Sometimes, the Spirit comes to us as a thought or an idea that cannot be ignored. Other times, the Spirit moves in us through compassion through our emotional selves. When our senses are heightened, prompting a response from us, we should pay attention off what we are sensing as foolishness; because, it just may be the Spirit leading us a direction we personally must go or using us to help others. 

The email I got this morning is an example of one person listening to the leading of the Spirit. I was blessed by what was shared in the email, and it served as inspiration for what I would write for this newsletter.  Indeed, the Spirit moves in mysterious ways.       

Blessings to You,