If you want to hear the true depths of silence, toss out the question Who is the Holy Spirit? Deep - dark silence~ slowly followed by stuttering unsure answers. We associate the Holy Spirit with Pentecost---and no disrespect to my Pentecostal friends but the very attempt to discuss the HS can make us squirm more than a huge can of worms. We have been accused of not receiving the Holy Spirit if we don't ~ ~ ~ ~ Fill in the blank. If you have not experienced someone being "Slain in the Spirit" or talking in tongues, you probably do not realize it can send most of us main line Protestants running for the door. We are out of our comfort zone and into that which we do not understand. There is SO MUCH more to the Holy Spirit than tongues that I would dare to say that is only a small part of the truly broad subject of the Holy Spirit.
We all listed Who the HS was to us for part of our discussion. My very favorite Holy Spirit descriptor is Interpreter. For you see, my prayers can fall pitifully short when I am trying to communicate with The Father. I know what I want to tell Him, but it gets lost sometimes in my gobbly gook of "religious speak". It is a huge comfort that the HS knows my thoughts, knows what I am trying to say and interprets for me to The Father. I have spoken before of the times in life I could not get beyond, "OH GOD". Knowing my thoughts and words were being interpreted without speaking another word is such a blessing. He knows my thoughts and feelings even better than I know myself. When I am at a loss, He stands before the Father and speaks for me. I thank God for His wonderful gift of The Advocate.
My feet of clay are woefully stuck in the mire of the mud of the fallen human world. Absolutely at a loss for how to communicate, I fail to pray or cut my prayers woefully short. God has better things to do than to listen to me. BUT the Holy Spirit knows my longings and my yearnings and He goes to the Father for me and places me before The Throne. No need for flowery prose like prayers, no embarrassment because I lack the power of some who pray so beautifully, only the sure assurance--He has sent my Interpreter Who is taking my feeble attempts and beautifully lifting them as incense before the Throne of the God of the Universe.
If you love me,
keep my commands,
And I will ask the Father,
and He will give you another advocate to help you
and be with you forever-
the Spirit of truth.