Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Stirling

From the Rector

Revd Christoph Wutscher

As we mark the Feast of Pentecost and pray for the Holy Spirit to inspire us, I am reminded of the playfulness and childish joy with which the Spirit often seems to be at work.

Elmar Mitterstieler, an Austrian Jesuit and experienced retreat leader, reminds us of the need to be in touch with our 'inner child' when engaged in our spiritual work. For Mitterstieler, the 'inner child' is really God's fingerprint - the way God is unceasingly at work within us. For this child, he says, is closest to the source of all being and life; it is a symbol of liveliness ad joy.

Also Jesus says, 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.' (Matthew 18.3).

Perhaps Jesus had this 'inner child' in mind as he spoke those words. For this 'inner child' is not necessarily connected to our experience of growing up (when we were 'real' children), but is more our access-point to playful openness, joyful existence and pure life.

This 'inner child' is so important for the work of the Holy Spirit. Why do we often feel that we need to be grown-up in all aspects of life?  Could we sometimes listen to what our 'inner child' has to say? Notice its joys and concerns?

We would do well to make some space for our 'inner child' - and perhaps, we'll be given a gift in return: for it may lead us to value life in its purest forms and show us Christ (as Jesus says, give us access to God's Kingdom) because it may help us to track down the source of all being.

A beautiful hymn from the Iona Community that we sing here at Holy Trinity speaks of this:

Take the little child in me,
scared of growing old;
help me here to find my worth
made in Christ's own mould.

(from 'Take this Moment', John L Bell and Graham Maule)