May is a busy month with graduations and Mother’s Day andAffirmation of Baptism. In this busy atmosphere, the celebration of Pentecost seems to get lost in the crowd. So, my message this month is an attempt to draw your attention to not only the day of Pentecost, but God’s message through the Holy Spirit thatpermeates this season of the church year. I’d like to highlight two scriptures for us to ponder.
Jesus said, “The wind blows where it chooses, and youhear the sound of it, but you do not know where is comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)
The Holy Spirit has always been a bit of a mystery. It’s easy totalk about God the Father who created all things and continues to create newness all the time. And Jesus, well we have the whole New Testament (27 books) to read about his life, death, resurrection, and continued work in our hearts. But the Spirit,that’s another story. Yet, it is the Holy Spirit who moves us on thewinds of love, who stays with us in the threatening storms of life,and who whispers God’s promise of love and salvation in our earsat just the right time.
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filledthe entire house where they were sitting…All of themwere filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:1-2)
These words from Acts remind us that our true life is most often found in the midst of others. The same Spirit blows us together, rushing in where we least expect it, and surprising us with the beauty and the courage to see those around us with new eyes. The Spirit opens the doors of our hearts and minds and gives us the passion to love as we have been loved.
Pentecost is a green season, a season of growth. As we ponder these words of scripture and allow them to sink deep within, may the Spirit blow all around us and bring new life.