The Deacon's Bench

The Deacon's Bench

“A warm wind of love showed up at my ordination”

I stumbled on this tonight, and thought: “Must post.”

I think there’s more than a little Merton in this gorgeous reflection by a new Episcopal deacon, describing his ordination:

One by one they came forward and one by one I began to see the vast connected network of the body of Christ. I loved them, every one, and that was the moment that I realized the Holy Spirit had shown up. The fruit of the Holy Spirit begins with love. (Galatians 5:22) St. Paul taught that without love all other manifestations of the Spirit are meaningless (1.Corinthians 13:1-3) because “God is love”, inseparably. (1 John 4:8) It is the very DNA of the incarnation. Love is the animating Spirit that moves the living body of Christ. I came to understand that the Holy Spirit’s presence was not about me, but about getting me to turn outward toward everyone else. My ordination and Holy Orders —none of it was simply for me. A warm wind of love showed up at my ordination, and all we had to do was ask. All we have to do is ask.

Check out the rest. And congratulations, Deacon Tim!

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Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

posted January 28, 2010 at 5:27 am

Via our online community, I have prayed with and walked with Tim over the past 18 months or so. His vocation is apparent and it is beautiful to know that he has been ordained.
Tim almost never spoke of his upcoming ordination; Tim’s vocation was made clear in his life of service. His service is made clear through generosity and joy, seen in every word of his posts.

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