Rock and Stream

Local Stream on Journey to the Sea

As flowing water smooths and polishes sharp edges of rock and stone, the Holy Spirit does the same with souls. It surrounds us. It refines us. And… bit by bit, with less and less, we become – more.

All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again. ~ Ecclesiastes 1:7

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you… ~ Isaiah 43:2

May the living water of the Holy Spirit fill my heart, and the rivers of living water flow from my heart to the glory of God, and for the salvation of God’s people. ~ St. John of Kronstadt

Vivifying Strength

The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, who fills the whole universe, passes through all believing, meek, humble, good, and simple human souls, dwelling in them, vivifying and strengthening them. He becomes one spirit with them and everything to them – light, strength, peace, joy, success in their undertakings, especially in a pious life, and everything good – “going through all understanding, pure and most subtle spirits” (Wisdom of Solomon 7: 23). “We have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (I Cor. 12:13). All pious people are filled with the Spirit of God similarly as a sponge is filled with water. ~ St. John of Kronstadt 

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