Frank Bottome, 1823-1894

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
John 14:16-18

One of the important days worthy of every Christian's recognition is Pentecost Sunday--an observance of the advent of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost occurs 50 days after Resurrection Sunday. The symbol commonly used for the Holy Spirit is the descending dove. Other symbols for the Holy Spirit include:

OIL - It is the Holy Spirit that anoints and sets a believer apart for service.
WATER - It is the Holy Spirit that cleanses us from the power of sin.
LIGHT - It is the Holy Spirit that guides us in steps of truth and righteousness.
FIRE - It is the Holy Spirit that purges and sets our devotion for God ablaze.
WIND - It is the Holy Spirit that refreshes our often parched hearts.

Jesus also referred to the Holy Spirit as the counselor, the Comforter, the guide, the One Who would reside in each believer and always be ready to help and guide in times of need. Most significantly, He also refers to the Spirit as being His own spirit...His own self...as we read in today's passage John 14:18, I will come to you.....

Following Christ's resurrection, the disciples' awareness of the Holy Spirit in their lives changed them from fearful, discouraged disciples into powerful proclaimers of the good news. This same awareness and appropriation of the Holy Spirit's enabling power is still a most necessary ingredient for effective representation of our Lord.

The text for this hymn, written by Frank Bottome, an American pastor, first appeared in the hymnal Precious Times of Refreshing and Revival in 1890.

O spread the tidings íround, wherever man is found,
Wherever human hearts and human woes abound;
Let evíry Christian tongue proclaim the joyful sound:
The Comforter has come!

The long, long night is past, the morning breaks at last,
And hushed the dreadful wail and fury of the blast,
As oíer the golden hills the day advances fast!
The Comforter has come!

Lo, the great King of kings, with healing in His wings,
To evíry captive soul a full deliverance brings;
And through the vacant cells the song of triumph rings;
The Comforter has come!

O boundless love divine! How shall this tongue of mine
To wondíring mortals tell the matchless grace divineó
That I, a child of hell, should in His image shine!
The Comforter has come!

The Comforter has come, the Comforter has come!
The Holy Ghost from Heavín, the Fatherís promise givín;
O spread the tidings íround, wherever man is foundó
The Comforter has come!

*For Today*: John 7:39, 15:26; Acts 2:1, 4, & 38; I Thessalonians 4:8

Live in the conscious awareness of the Holy Spirit of God's presence and power. Ask Him to lead you as you witness to someone about Christ.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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