Monday, Fifth Week of Easter

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father
will send in my name–he will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.”

From John 14:21-26

It has been decades since I first heard the expression, “The devil made me do it.” Comedian Flip Wilson coined the the line while portraying Geraldine, one of his most beloved characterizations. Though Mr. Wilson was popular, this line became even more so. Regardless of what one was accused of, an offer of this retort was expected to absolve the offender of responsibility for his or her wrongdoing. I assure you that this did not actually work in most instances. Still, a similar phenomenon seems to work every time.

Throughout my life, when I have found myself in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, something nudges me in the direction of a solution. In these instances, there is never a logical reason for me to do what I do. I just do it. Something deep within pushes into action. In the end, when I look back, I realize that somehow I or someone I love has survived devastating circumstances. When asked to explain myself, I can only follow in Mr. Wilson’s footsteps and respond with “The Spirit made me do it!”

Holy Spirit, I thank you for attending to the trials and tribulations that threaten me in this world and for inspiring me to overcome them. Open all of our hearts to your wisdom and help us to respond accordingly.

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