Devotional – Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Spirit is Love

Long ago and far away, I was in a young adult weekend, in a woodland camp owned by the church.

On Sunday morning, after breakfast, I played basketball with some of the young men. Then, we met in a room for morning devotions. I was exhausted in mind, body, and spirit.

The minister directed us to walk down to an altar in the woods for communion whenever we felt ready for it. I did not feel like doing anything. I was in a funk. Six of us holdouts ended up just sitting there, not saying a word.

At one point, a young lady on the other side of the room crossed over to me and asked, “How can you love somebody?” I replied, “How the hell should I know?”

She returned to her seat and the silence went on. Then something started to happen. It seemed that invisible rays were linking us, heart to heart, across the room. Energy was filling us and spreading out. We didn’t have flames on the top of our heads, but the energy we all felt was bouncing off the walls.

A young man came back up from the woods to get a cup of coffee. As soon as he entered, he felt that energy and sat down in an empty chair. We continued the experience for some minutes. At last, the bell rang announcing lunch and we walked down the trail to the dining hall arm in arm in arm in arm in arm.

I pray for them, that they have goodness in their lives, every day!

Offered by the Rev. Dr. Frank Johnson

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