The Chair and the Desk, 2/23/16

From the chair:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”

-John 14:15-17

That which God gives us through the Spirit we desperately need and cannot find anywhere else. We really could not hope for and need not look for anything more “useful” (to put it crassly), helpful, fitting, joyous than this: “You know the Spirit, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” It does seem like we could use more love, more joy, more peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. It’s coming, and we know where it’s coming from: The Spirit, who bears this fruit in our lives.


From the desk:

My favorite thing from the desk today is a new toy tool: Google Ngram Viewer. You can choose any words you like, and it will make a chart of how often they were used in the millions of books that Google has digitized. Whether you’re trying to come up with a dissertation topic or not, I recommend checking it out! (Warning: It sucks you in)

https://books.google.com/ngrams/interactive_chart?content=Holy+Spirit%2CHoly+Ghost&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2CHoly%20Spirit%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2CHoly%20Ghost%3B%2Cc0

 


“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake.

 

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