After all these years we are discovering that we have it backwards. We stand with those first people gathered on Pentecost day and proclaim that God has gifted the church with the Holy Spirit....with God's very presence. And it is really the other way around.
I've just finished reading 11 books for the class I am taking for my Doctor of Ministry class. The class focuses on the Holy Spirit and the church's call to mission. As we read and read and read....we discover a tiny flip flop of words that make an enormous difference. Instead of God giving the Spirit to the church.....God gave the church to the Spirit.
Think about it a little while. This makes a huge difference in our thinking and our eternal ecclesiastical busy work.
If the church is given to the Spirit....it seems the church should spend more time discerning, listening to the Spirit rather than our own agendas.
How many more words can we speak? Haven't we said enough, argued enough, debated enough? Maybe we are experiencing the Job story. When we finally fall exhausted from all our talking and writing then perhaps we will be quiet long enough to hear what God's Spirit has been whispering.
Where is God? Can we be quiet long enough to find out?