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I recently read Carl McColman’s book, Answering the Contemplative Call, First Steps on the Mystical Path. The term kenosis is mentioned. Kenosis is a Greek word that means emptiness. Carl describes kenosis as a key to the wisdom tradition of Jesus. Carl challenges us to empty ourselves to the point where God pours his own divinity, his Holy Spirit into us.
I decided to think about how we can empty ourselves and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Here are ten suggestions:
Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
Send a card or email to someone.
Listen to someone while they talk.
Invite a friend over.
Smile at someone.
Pray for others.
Invite someone to your church
Talk to the person who is sitting by himself.
Bring a meal to a shut in or ill person.
Buy a cup of coffee for the person behind you.
I purposely suggested things that are other focused. We empty ourselves when we help others. There are other ways to empty ourselves but I wanted to focus on compassion. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. This verse from Luke 6:36 is a simple reminder to empty ourselves and be filled with the compassion of the Holy Spirit.
How can you empty yourself today?