November 1, 2011
I took my theology test. I think it went well. And by “it went well” I mean “I probably maybe didn’t get an F or have to leave any sections of the test completely blank.” I define success fairly loosely.
I spent most of yesterday feeling sorry for myself because I have to learn things. Then I got a pumpkin spice latte and I felt better for about three minutes. Then I felt sorry for myself again because — learning. And books. And library. Who doesn’t get depressed by having to know the difference between predestination and election? Exactly.
Actually, as I wrote an essay about the personhood and function of the Holy Spirit last night, I actually felt pretty grateful for what I’ve learned. Our professor reminded me recently that I often think of the Holy Spirit as an it rather than a person. He is God, equal to the Father and the Son — he has an intellect, a will, emotions, just like the rest of the Godhead. Many of us (or at least me) think of the Holy Spirit as something we can control. If we want to express the gifts of the Spirit, we try to control how that happens, believing if we pray the right way or find the secret code, the Holy Spirit will jump into action. If we believe the gifts have passed away, we tell the Holy Spirit he is to remain silent because we don’t believe in such silly things any longer.
But the Holy Spirit is God. We submit to him in reverence. We communicate with him through prayer, and he leads us in the process of sanctification. Thank you, Spirit.
In less holy news, I hope each and every one of you watches Parks and Recreation. It is by far my favorite comedy on TV right now. If you have Netflix, you should go watch the episodes “Soulmates” right now. I said, right now.
That’s about all I’ve got unless you would also like to know that I got a “Protein Bistro Box” at Starbucks yesterday (pretty much they give you a boiled egg, four grapes, and a swab of peanut butter) and then after that I went to Twitter and retweeted a bunch of people who dressed up like Friday Night Lights characters for Halloween because that is also a show you need to watch very immediately right this second and I’m not kidding, why have you not watched it yet?
OK, I’ve got to do some Hebrew now. Back to feeling sorry for myself. Have a good day!