Visit of the Holy Spirit
- as told by Sue Seaman -
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Some years ago Michael Card visited Southendís Priory Park (which actually was the site of an old Priory) for an open-air concert. It had been a beautiful sunny day and now it was a warm, clear evening as I sat with my husband in the crowded, temporary seating that had been erected on a grassy bank facing the stage.
Michael came on stage accompanied by John Catchings who has played on many of Michaelís Albums. I remember the first thing that Michael. From the Southern states of the USA, said in his soft soften drool was ďIs this place where all the monks used to hang out?Ē This caused a real laugh amongst the crowd and put every one at ease.
He started by singing songs from his (then) previous album ĎThe Wordí and then some from his newest album Present Reality. 'The Word' was, of course, about the life of Jesus - from when he was born right up until his death, resurrection and ascension to heaven.
A particularly lovely song from his newest album was called ĎMeditation #2í. About halfway through the concert Michael began to play this purely instrumental tune on the piano. Itís a quiet and thoughtful meditation on the breaking of bread and drinking of the wine - the emblems that the Lord has instructed us to partake of when He said: Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
Now picture this.
The evening sky was bright and clear and there was not a bird in the sky Ė and just then, right out of the blue, there flew down, and passed across the stage and right over Michaelís head, a white dove. The whole audience gasped and every Christian there realised the significance (in the Bible the dove represents the Holy Spirit.)
It was obvious that Godís Holy Spirit was present there that evening anointing Michael that he might in turn bless others. The Lord prepares the hearts of those He wants to save. I do believe that the Lord God, that evening touched each one that was present, in their heart.
Itís an experience that has stayed with my husband and myself for all those years. When God moves - you know it, and peopleís lives are changed and they can never be the same again.
Friend, If you have never experienced the touch of God - itís not too late. Itís never too late. The Lord wants you to come to Him right now and He wants to forgive your sin, touch your life, heal your wounds and give you a brand new start.
Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while he is near.