The Gift of the Holy Spirit- A Gift for Life

praise/holyspirit “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14

“And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,

“‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?” Matthew 21

Inspiration for writing these devotions can come at unexpected times. My unexpected time came Friday after lunch. On my way back to the office, I decided to visit a family friend who lives in a care facility for memory loss. After visiting a while, she naturally inquired if I would be playing the baby grand piano in the lobby. I agreed, but the only books at the piano were two hymnals. I played hymns for about an hour, taking requests, or choosing hymns I thought the residents might know. Many sang along to popular hymns, such as Amazing Grace or Blessed Assurance. I was amazed and humbled that the people with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, poor health, and confusion of mind could remember the words to tried and true hymns.

What, or who is responsible for this event which defies their medical status? The Holy Spirit is responsible! He dwells within the heart of every Christian person, promising comfort and faith at any stage of life. We know that it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can come to know Jesus, believe in Him, confess Him and praise him. The gift of the Holy Spirit is not dependent on any human capability we may or may not have. Certainly the folks who live in the memory care facility lack parts of their memory, or possibly their senses and abilities. Yet, the faith they received from the Holy Spirit, as a small child through Baptism, has remained with them even when their physical health is fleeting.

I have always loved when Jesus, quoting Psalm 8, reminds the Jews, “Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise.” I believe that we could remove ‘infants and nursing babies’ and replace it with any human being.

Out of the mouth of the mentally ill…

Out of the mouth of sinner…

Out of the mouth of the depressed…

Out of the mouth of the persecuted…

Out of the mouth of the weak in faith…

Out of the mouth of the dying…

Out of the mouth of all Christians…

Jesus has promised us that He would not leave us comfortless. Yes, even when life seems dim, the Holy Spirit reminds us through the Word, through our hymns and praise, and through the love from our neighbors, that we are loved by the Lord. We can be certain that He provides for every need of body and soul, sustaining our faith until we reach eternal life. The Holy Spirit’s power is greater than any bodily or spiritual affliction. It is greater than the threat of death, and the pain of dying. The comfort the Holy Spirit brings is this- “Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name: you are Mine.”

May you know and believe that the Holy Spirit lives within you, and that He will be there to comfort, inspire, awaken, and enlighten you in your faith and life.

Prayer: Almighty God, send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts that He may rule and direct us according to Your will, comfort us in all our temptations and afflictions, defend us from all error, and lead us into all truth that we, being steadfast in faith, may increase in all good works and in the end obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Written By: Alisha Schimm, DPM