Pouring out of the Spirit

Daily reading: Acts 2:1-4
Monday June 5, 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.
  The Spirit encourages the faithful throughout time, in a variety of ways. 

The out pouring of the Spirit compels Peter, who had denied knowing Christ at his arrest, to boldly preach on the day of the first Pentecost; no longer fearful of what the authorities might do to him.

This same Spirit sent Philip on a road away from Jerusalem to encounter an Ethiopian court official, where he ministered to him and allowed room for the Spirit to inspire them both, resulting in the Ethiopian’s baptism.

The Spirit, likened to a rushing wind that cannot be contained, blew through Gentile and Jewish communities bringing them together in ways they had never imagined were possible and continued to guide them as they sought ways to honor the presence of God in and among them.

The Spirit guided them through the most unlikely person Paul, formerly known as Saul, a persecutor of the early church movement as he was led by the Spirit to help communities respond to the radical movement of God that continues to bring us together by bringing down barriers that we have put in place to keep us apart.

The amazing thing is that Pentecost didn’t just happen with the early church movement.  It has continued to happen throughout history, whenever the community is driven and inspired by the presence of God it happens.

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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