Posted by: Linsey Edn | December 15, 2009

Renewal of Spirit

All around me, I sense something different. It’s not ordinary, or even human. There’s a spirit of lovingkindness that comes from the Holy Spirit. No human being could be so loving on his or her own accord. The existence of these qualities has kept me from straying too far from God all these years. I couldn’t deny that there was something supernatural about it, and therefore I couldn’t deny the existence of God. I can also feel the Spirit by reading the Word or hearing a sermon that stirs my heart. Being in a Christian community has helped me to become closer to Christ, and I hope that the Spirit can act through me to inspire others.

As I watch the day-to-day workings of the shelter, I notice the Lord working in so many amazing ways. I hoped to see changes in our residents and guests—and I have—but I never expected to see so many changes in my own teammates. There’s a sort of tranquility and maturity that you wouldn’t normally find in men and women our age. Not that we don’t each have our faults, but each of us is being treated with care by Jesus during our stay at HOPE. I hope many of my own problems will be resolved over time, and I already know the Spirit is moving in my life, too.

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” — 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

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