Monday, May 28, 2012

Ember Days Pentecost 2012

Ember Days happen four times a year, once for each season.  Postulants have to write to their bishops about what they have been up to for the last quarter, and explain how their spiritual progress is coming along.  It's a time for thinking about God's will for you, what you have been doing along those lines, and what you need to do to bring yourself into better alignment.

This season, I suppose I would have to take into consideration the working of the Holy Spirit.  First of all, it's a good thing we have the Holy Spirit.  God was certainly wise in providing us some help with our prayer, and with what Ezekiel said about transforming our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh.

I think you learn to follow the Holy Spirit's guidance by doing what Richard Foster said in his book Prayer, namely, as soon as you sense God telling you to do something, obey immediately.  By trying to obey right away, you learn to hear the Holy Spirit more clearly.  Over time you become more accurate in your responses.

It helps to talk things over with others in the community of the faithful.  People don't talk much about God in normal life, though I don't know why not.  Anyway, I have learned that I must keep myself surrounded with people who understand what I'm talking about when I talk about trying to walk the way of Christ.

That is the reason for the initiation of this blog.  To provide a place where people can think about how they are living out God's will for them within his Plan for the Heavenly Kingdom as we know it here in our earthly lives.

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