And so, Pentecost begins! It is the longest season in the church year, lasting until Advent in early December this year. We have a lot of time to be Pentecostal!
Christians are nothing without the Holy Spirit. Little in our Christian faith is self-derived. Too often we present our Christian life as something we do, or something we think, or something we feel. We often talk about our search for God, or our commitment to Christ, or our attempts to get close to God. Yet, in the Bible, the story tends to be just the opposite. In Christ, God is searching for us. God is attempting to draw near us. Haven’t we learned, for example, that we love because God first loved us?
There is no limit to what the Holy Spirit can do for us. We just cannot hold our breath, that’s all. We must keep on breathing, and keep on paying attention, and keep on responding to whatever crazy idea seems to come up. Some people call it intuition. Others may call it inspiration. Forever and ever, the church has called it the Holy Spirit.
So, sing when the Spirit says sing! And pray when the Spirit says pray! And speak when the Spirit says speak! Who knows when and where the Spirit may blow? Who knows when we might experience a new birth in our faith walk? That knock on the door…that still, small whisper in your ear…it could be you know who! And our new direction in life just may be something we never anticipated, but are deeply grateful. Here comes Pentecost!
Peace, Pastor Gary