Acts 2:1-8, 12
Reading the Acts 2 text is exciting. Relating to the Acts 2 text in 2022 is more challenging. Most of us have not had anywhere near the experiences described from the first century church’s beginnings.
But few would say they have never had an encounter or spiritual moment which moved them in meaningful ways. Life in the church often surprises us with powerful feelings about ourselves, God, and neighbor.
And the most experienced outcome of Pentecost for us is the reality of being supported in all our days by the Spirit as Comforter and Advocate. In any age of the Church, the “fruit of the Spirit” is welcome: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…….” As Paul says, “there is no law against these things!”
As I write this, I am still recovering from knee replacement surgery. I am also mindful of how many in our congregations are dealing with matters of illness, injury, loss and recovery. Changes in our lives can come suddenly or over long stretches of time. We are promised a Helper. The One who comes to us in so many ways and through the care of others us the Spirit in power to sustain us.
As you participate in worship this Pentecost Sunday, whether in the sanctuary or whether at home or care facility, remember: the Spirit is with you to Comfort and Help. Give thanks and praise. Pray in the Spirit for others as well
Praise, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!!
Pastor Barry †