Reflection: The Rev. Valerie Balling, Rector St. Barnabas, Monmouth Junction, NJ The metaphors of birthing and birth pains are apt for church leaders who expend so much energy coaching others toward a closer relationship with God. It often feels like a struggle, but one worth all the efforts. And yet Paul takes this one step further by reminding us that it is the Holy Spirit that is doing all the work. We need to give up our desire for control and allow the Spirit to work, move, and be. It is actually transformative to let go and trust that the Spirit will do the work if we let her, birthing in us and others exactly what we need.
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