January 10, 2019
Do you ever feel like something is calling you? Perhaps calling you to do a particular something or to make a change or to explore a part of yourself you have never really explored? Perhaps the still, small voice inside of you is calling you to be more wholly YOU.
One of my favorite hymns is one called “Spirit of Gentleness,” written by a UCC minister named James Manley. The words to the chorus are:
“Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, Blow through the wilderness, calling and free.
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness, Stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.”
The first and last verses are:
“You moved on the waters
You called to the deep.
Then you coaxed up the mountains
from the valley of sleep.
And over the eons, You called to each thing,
‘Wake from your slumbers, and rise on your wings.’
You call from tomorrow.
You break ancient schemes.
From the bondage of sorrow, the captives dream dreams.
Our women see visions.
Our men clear their eyes.
With bold new decisions,
Your people arise.”
I love the power and the vision in those words. I love the invitation to listen more deeply and to live more bravely. And I love the declaration that Spirit is ever-present, always uncontainable and wild, breathing us forward into fresh experiences on this human journey of life!
What might Spirit be calling forth in you at this time in your life? Let’s explore that on Sunday!
In Love and Gratitude,
Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.