This comment came in via email so I will post it here:
“Even thought I have been involved in many Protestant churches and Bible Studies over the years, I discovered as a young adult that I really didn’t know the Holy Spirit, that it really was a mystery to me. After a particularly difficult period in my life when I needed to be closer to God and feel his Presence with me, I read several books about the Holy Spirit and I did find that God’s Spirit that was embodied in Jesus, was what Jesus gave us. Prayerfully I asked the Holy Spirit to come into my life, and I felt a basic peace and joy in all facets of my life.
However, as my life situation improved, my prayer life decreased, and although I continued my activity within my church and community, I felt something was missing. I thought then that once I had asked the Holy Spirit to come into my life I didn’t need to do more. When I moved to San Diego, the pastor of my new church had written a book and was preaching a series on the Holy Spirit alive in our lives. After I read his book, I was invited to attend a class led by Mark Cowper-Smith based on his book “Is God Religious?”
Mark’s emphasis is on having an ongoing relationship with God set me thinking. Having a relationship with a spouse, a child, a parent, a friend always involves ongoing dialogue with that person. The lightbulb went on in my brain: having a relationship with the Holy Spirit also involves ongoing dialogue! As Mark states, on p. 220, “…….Jesus’ death on the cross paid for our sins in order to give us the innocence necessary to have a relationship with a holy God, but it is the Spirit within us that makes that relationship real to us day by day.”
I am now trying to keep up this dialogue and ongoing relationship with the Holy Spirit daily (there are lapses, however,) and I have experienced more joy in all areas of my life.