I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
The United Church of Christ loves using taglines that highlight our ethos of being a church that is simultaneously rooted in our rich traditions while being open to the world we live in. One of our denominational favorites is that we worship a “still-speaking God.” But, what does that really mean? How is God still speaking and what is God saying to each of us and to our church?
The Holy Spirit is one of the ways that God speaks and moves in our world. In John 14:25-26, Jesus foretells the arrival of the Holy Spirit who will teach people about God’s ways and remind people of all that Jesus has said.
Each of us hears from God through a variety of mediums. For some, God speaks to us in worship, prayer, or song. For others, God speaks through nature, conversation with friends, or art. Some people have developed the skill of hearing God’s quiet voice within them. Others find that God has to shout to be heard over the din of day to day life. Even when we are distracted, preoccupied, or actively ignoring God, our ever-creative God is still skilled at finding ways to get our attention.
The most consistently reliable way that God speaks to me and reminds me of who God is in my life is through my German Shepherd dog, Scout. When I get home in the evening, Scout greets me with enthusiasm and delights in my presence. She desires to accompany me in all that I do. When cooking dinner, folding laundry, answering email, or brushing my teeth she is never more than a few inches from me. She listens with care to any trouble I may be carrying. She forgives me freely when I neglect to be the perfect and patient dog-owner. And, she loves me for being me, regardless of anything I may or may not have accomplished that day. Each day, this canine creation of God reminds me of how God loves me and how God loves each of us-- unconditionally. God delights in our very being, desires to accompany us, listens to us, forgives us, and loves us no matter who we are or what we do.
How does God speak to you in your everyday life? What people, places, or things does God use to remind you that you are a beloved Child of God? How does the Holy Spirit move in your life? Where do you go to be reminded of what Jesus has taught us?
Prayer: Holy God, May we be open to exploring the ways in which you are speaking to us through our everyday experiences. Please open our hearts and minds to discovering how your creation reminds us of Jesus’ teachings and reminds us that we belong to you. In Christ’s Name We Pray, Amen.