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Yesterday in preparation for and then discussion in a spiritual formation group, I came upon this quote from John Woolman (a Quaker leader of the 18th Century):
"But where people are sincerely devoted to follow Christ and dwell under the influence of his Holy Spirit, their stability and firmness through a divine blessing is at times like dew on the tender plants round about them, and the weightiness of their spirits secretly works on the minds of others."
Does the quote touch you in any way, some way, no way? Does the weightiness of your spirit secretly work on the minds of others or vice versa, does the weightiness of another's spirit secretly work on your mind?
I would say that whether we like it or intend it or not, our spirits do weigh on one another. The question I ponder now is - would I consider my spirit one that I would be happy to see coming my way? Would my spirit tell a friend or a stranger that I dwell under the influence of the Holy Spirit or would my spirit say that I'm out for myself and to heck with the rest of you, every man for himself, you're not my responsibility, you made your own deal with the devil, it's your problem now, not mine?
Does the weightiness of your spirit secretly work on someone else's mind? Is that a good thing? Do you wonder?