What is the Holy Spirit?  Jesus promised it to us:

If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you.  I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you.  This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for.  But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you! John 14:15-17 The Msg

Is the Holy Spirit in us?  How do we know?  Is this “friend” the “Spirit of Truth” active in the world today?  I ran across some short essays about the topic and this one by Sam Hamilton-Poore jumped out to me.

Closer to us than our own breath and breathing, the Risen Christ fills us with his own Spirit -- quietly, intimately.  With this breath, this power, we then go about the everyday, unspectacular, grubby work of forgiveness.  Breathe, forgive; breathe, forgive; breathe, forgive.  Although we often long for the dazzling or spectacular, we live in a time, a world, in need of people who breathe in, regularly, the quiet power and grace of Christ's Spirit -- and people who, likewise, breathe out, regularly, the power and grace of forgiveness.  Our world -- so spectacularly broken and burning -- needs people for whom reconciliation is as normal and natural as breathing. **

Tomorrow is a holiday on the church calendar: Pentecost.  Pentecost is the “birthday of the church” a day shortly after the Resurrection when the Jesus followers were gathered and with the sound like a violent wind blew through them, tongues as of fire rested on them and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages that they might go out and spread the Good News to all the world. (Acts 2:1-4) 

We, too, are filled with the Holy Spirit!  We can breathe in and be filled with this "Friend" and breathe out with Jesus, grace and mercy and forgiveness.  Pentecost didn't just happen one time - it can happen all the time when we recognize the gifts of the Spirit are ours and we receive them and share them. 

We’ll be looking for you at 9 or 10:30 am as we celebrate Pentecost and our High School Graduates and their parents.

God bless you,



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