Do you think the Holy Spirit is an extrovert? Do you think he gets lonely? Do you think these are strange

things to be asking? Do you ever think about stuff like this?

These are some of my ponderings since my recent reunion with a small group of fellow students from

my Spiritual Direction training. We hadn’t seen each other since the end of our studies four years ago.

The course was 10 weekends spread over 2 years and in that time, we became very close, so it wasn’t a

surprise that there would be excitement at seeing each other again, but there was something more.

Something I’ve sensed many times over the years without being able to put my finger on it. There was

high emotion, laughter, some squealing, lots and lots of hugging, and some hugging re-dos. It was like a

drinking in of the presence of the other, of trying to fully absorb this uncommon, too-long-waited-for

opportunity. Many stories were told to get caught up on 48 months of absence from one another – the

trips, the weddings, the baby, the new grandbabies, the near-drowning, the sorrowful departures, that

‘thing’ which interrupted our lives for far too long.

Here’'’ps my initial (draft form) conclusion: You know how Paul expresses it in Ephesians 4:30 TPT – “The

Holy Spirit of God has sealed you in Jesus Christ until you experience your full salvation. So never grieve

the Spirit of God or take for granted his holy influence in your life.” OK. We’ve been sealed. The Holy

Spirit in us is the sealing compound, the glue, if you like, binding us to Jesus. He is as perfectly

committed to his role as Jesus was to his. In the family of Jesus there are many kids and many mansions.

There’s a lot of love swirling around. So, I think, yes, the Holy Spirit is an extrovert who absolutely

adores being around ‘the kids.’ He comes alive when everybody comes home (or comes to a reunion).

Not only that, but I’m convinced he gets lonely when gatherings are scarce or rare. So, when a reunion,

or Sunday worship service happens, he is ecstatic, flitting from heart to heart, weaving his fresh batch of

love from person to person. His need to experience/be experienced is met big time when his kids get

together. It dispels his loneliness and provides him the perfect occasion to fill his kids with his fullness as

he dances with glee in circles around them.

I think the Holy Spirit guided the quill in the hand of the writer of the letter to the Hebrews: “This is not

the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing. In fact, we

should come together more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate

that day dawning.” 10:25, TPT. Can’t you feel it happening? There were difficulties facing this band of

followers of Jesus and it felt safer to stay away from the gatherings they’d been having before. But the

Holy Spirit was feeling cut off, deprived of his love oxygen. Don’t you feel that that is the ‘something

else’ when believers get together – the releasing of the presence of the Holy Spirit? What connectivity!

After all, we are not of this world. We are no longer nourished by the world. He alone is our soul’s

nourishment. Can’t wait to see you all! Thoughts? PD

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