FOLLOWING JESUS TODAY is challenging. We live in the midst of overwhelming need. The human cries of those who suffer confront us daily: cries of the desperate poor in need of food, shelter, and work; cries of the forgotten elderly in need of thoughtful care; cries of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in need of affordable and accessible medication; cries of vulnerable, at-risk children in need of protection and nurture; cries of the violated whose lives have been ripped apart by crime . . . the list goes on. We cannot measure the depth of human need in our society. . . .
Does the Holy Spirit care about this kind of human need? Sometimes when we read books about the Holy Spirit, it does not seem so. But our answer must be a resounding yes. In the fourth chapter of Luke, we read that when Jesus began his ministry in Nazareth, the Holy Spirit anointed him to proclaim the gospel to the poor, freedom to the oppressed, recovery of sight for the blind, and to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:18-19). Now if the Holy Spirit sent Jesus for this purpose, we can be sure that the same Spirit will draw us into similar tasks in our communities. For this reason I want to emphasize strongly: The Holy Spirit engages with suffering.
– Trevor Hudson
Holy Spirit Here and Now
From pages 139 and 141 of Holy Spirit Here and Now by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2013 by Trevor Hudson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”
Mark 4:40, NRSV
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