Pentecost

Daily reading: Acts 2:1-4
Sunday June 4, 2017

When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak.

Today is Pentecost, one of the Holy Days of the Christian year.

While we ground each holy day in the church year in a specific event; as a faith community, we realize that the power of the day lies not in the historic event we are celebrating but in the reality that God continues to interact with us in similar ways.

Allow me to explain.  In the Advent and Christmas seasons we intentionally do some soul searching and seek for ways for God to be born a new within us and among us.  The season is one of patience and making room, not just because Christ was born to Mary, but because we see the birth of God in new ways still today.

The same can be said about the Lenten and Easter seasons. We can see parallels of death and resurrection in our own community, a process of letting go, of mourning what we have let go of and then living into the new thing that God has provided for us.

On the first Pentecost, the Church was born.  It was born from the continuing promise that God would not forsake us or leave us. 
The followers of Christ came together in Jerusalem after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus to celebrate the Festival of Weeks and the giving of the law and something extraordinary happened.

There was …
A rush of wind
Tongues of flame and
A flood of spoken language

But this was not the first and last time that we hear about the Spirit. Be open to the movement of the Spirit today.

Prayer:  Gentle Spirit, nudge me and comfort the places of me that are broken and hurting.  Gusty Spirit, enliven me, infuse me and awaken me so that  my self centered ways of following ego and pride are knocked over and transformed by the truths of God’s unconditional love and grace.  Amen.

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