Expand Thy wings, celestial Dove, brood o’er our nature’s night; on our disordered spirits move and let there now be light.
Who is Holy Spirit? Is He a person? How do we get to know him and understand him better? These are some of the questions that come to mind when we think of the Spirit of God as more than just a white dove or blazing fire. The truth is that once you understand Holy Spirit, you cannot help but want to hang out with him more. Corrie Ten Boom once said that “trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.”
On August 17-19, our team was invited to participate and lead some of the sessions for Holy Spirit Encounter, a retreat hosted by The Bridge Church, Cleveland, GA. This was an interesting start of the Abante nine-month journey because we began the program with a road trip to the beautiful campgrounds of Mount Bluff in Dayton, Tennessee, instead of the typical home-church context. with that being said, who does not love a road trip though? The drive to our destination was enjoyable as the team was getting to know each other by sharing stories, favorite music selections, and delicious snacks. Nothing prepares you for nine months of community life with total strangers like a van ride with Executive Director Brian Schlottmann at the wheel! Needless to say, you get close very fast...and furious!
During the weekend, we experienced times of solitude and quietness, as we learned to meditate without the distractions we often are plagued with daily. We had instructional sessions and times of prayer, where we were able to intercede for each other and the world. There is no better way to get to know someone better than to spend quality time with them, listening and paying close attention to what they are up to, and this weekend retreat was the perfect context to get to know each other as a member of the team, but also to experience Holy Spirit in a deeper and meaningful way. Does He speak to us today? Absolutely! If you take time to get alone with God, you will find that He has much to say.