The Holy Spirit

Be still, the dawn is breaking, listen as the blackbird sings
Find a heart to share your journey together for all life brings
The hunger and the longing, the wonder and the will
Your world is enchanted, when your mind is still
Be still, be still, be still

From Celtic Woman, Ancient Land


The morning is my favorite time to read devotions. The house is quiet. The day hasn’t begun. What a perfect way to begin the day and get my focus on God and not on problems, deadlines or other worries. I especially like it when the sun is shining, the weather is warm enough so I can have the patio door open and hear the birds in the backyard chirping as they gather at the feeders.

I am reminded of the song that Celtic Woman sang in their recent PBS special, Ancient Land entitled Be Still. This is the perfect time to “be still”.

This is the time of day I am particularly thinking of the Holy Spirit. I feel the wind moving and coming in through the open windows. I see the wind moving the trees. The presence of the Holy Spirit is all around me, which is comforting. The Holy Spirit was a gift that Jesus left with his disciples (and us) before he ascended into heaven.

This is a time to get in touch with nature and recognize the Holy Spirit in everything and everywhere. Letting go of the TV, computer, yes, even your smart phone and listening. Thinking about the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives. Thinking about how the Holy Spirit is talked about all through the Bible – beginning with the creation story when God breathed into the nostrils of Adam and gave him life. Life depends on breath.

When I think about how we have been entrusted with caring for God’s creation, it saddens me to look around seeing how we fail. Man-made pollution is in the oceans, air and land.

How do we turn this around? One person at a time. When you feel the wind on your face, think about God’s Holy Spirit, thank God for this gift and find ways to show your thankfulness by being a positive force in taking care of the creation – land, water, animals – that God left to us.

Joyce Pauly

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for leaving the Holy Spirit as a Helper that is with us always. (John 14: 15-17) The Teacher who will teach us all things. (John 1:26) The Intercessor who helps us in our weakness. (Isaiah 11:2) And the gift giver who gives us spiritual gifts to accomplish God’s will. (1 Corinthians 12: 1-11). Help me to feel the Holy Spirit moving over the earth and to remember that your Spirit lives in me. Amen.