I received an email from The Anchoress a short while ago. I perk up when she does this because it's usually something she's sending me (and let's not kid each other, she's sending many people) that is well worth the time it takes to read it.
Tonight she sent me something to not only read... but to watch.
Now before I get into this, let me tell you, very briefly, that I was once a Charismatic Episcopalian. Regulars know that I was raised Catholic and then strayed... only to come back to the church (little 'c') at the invitation of a very good friend who got me to go to his Charismatic Episcopal church in Chesapeake, Virginia, by telling me that in essence, it was... Catholic light... though... very much 'alive in the spirit'. And it was. And I went. And I was changed. Dramatically.
I experienced God in vivid ways. I manifested His presence by speaking in tongues. I experienced being slain in the spirit. I interpreted tongues. I even gave prophetic utterances.
Yes. Full disclosure. I became a full fledged Charismatic, Evangelical, Born Again, Christian... Episcopalian.
I was filled with the Holy Spirit. But... over time... I leaked. I leaked badly. Still don't undersand those years and today find myself questioning much of it but... and this is so key for me now... I am, today, where I belong. I am Catholic (big 'C')... and, thanks to my friend, I am catholic (little 'c') all of which will make more sense if you stick with me here.
So... imagine my surprise... when tonight I received something that I took the time to watch, in its entirety... and that brought so much of what I experienced back to me... in a good way... in a pleasing way... in a holy way.
I'm excerpting The Anchoress here... and I'm embedding the video as she did.
Word of caution. It's a long video... and if you're one who finds pentecostals a little... odd... it may be offputting but it's well worth every minute if you're a believer who takes Christ's call to become one seriously. And we all need to do so.
So hang with it. Watch it all. Don't fall to the temptation to skip through it or give up on it. Once the young man with the collar speaks, you'll be captivated... and then there's a bigger surprise.
Thank you Elizabeth for your ministry to me over the years... and for yet another gift.
Watch it all. Give yourself 45 minutes after supper, tonight, or before bedtime, and watch this strange, fascinating thing that has happened, and pray for where it might lead.
This is why, as I wrote earlier today, I don’t particularly want to write about politics anymore. It’s all illusion and distraction. The reality is all in Christ. The world and its princes mean to divert our attention, and to divide. As Palmer notes, Christ Jesus is not in the division.