trying to squelch or control the spirit

Monday June 13th, Acts 2: 16 this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 " 'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. The spirit is not the sole, or soul possession of the few who happen to work up a good ecstatic high, but the gift life to the world, all the world. To try to hold onto the spirit is as useful as reaching out and grabbing a handful of wind. Like the wind, the spirit only works when it blows through, not when it is bottled up. And when it blows through and out into the world, we are no longer in charge of where it goes or to whom it goes. Most of human history has been beset with wars. I wonder if that would be true if a basic human understanding was that the same spirit of life, of love, of God, is in the other as in the self? This is an understanding in both Buddhism and Christianity, but for the most part we Christians have managed to squelch it when there is money, power or revenge at stake. To understand that to take the life of another is to take not only that life, but also to attempt to take or destroy love, and God, and self because through the spirit, we are all one. God has already shown us that love and God will prevail in this world; that is the story of Easter. What we hurt most in trying to squelch or control the spirit, is ourselves. We simply cut ourselves off from knowing the glory of God within us when we refuse to see it in others.


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