Sifting through the Silence


It was my very first day of class in seminary, toward the start of the twelve-year long course of studies to ordination. We sat with wonder and excitement as one of our teachers came into the classroom. What was he going to say? How would our journey of learning begin?

His gentle voice filled the silence of our waiting. “Remember: the only teacher of your soul is the Holy Spirit.” Then he simply walked out! There we were at our first class that lasted about a quarter of a minute!

John today speaks about “discerning the spirits.” As though sifting soil, the Holy Spirit gently shakes our soul like soil, teaching us about how to sort out moods, attitudes, feelings and what others say, to see where God is present and where God is not. Take some time to sift through the silence and listen to the Spirit speak.

Touch here for today’s reading – 1 John 4:1-12

Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament except the Gospels.
In the season of Advent to Epiphany, we read the letters of John and Jude.

This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick



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