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Pentecost Power

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“When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one
could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire,
the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks…”
–Acts 2:1-2 (The Message)

Yesterday was the Day of Pentecost in the life of the church. In the Christian tradition, Pentecost is associated with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. As he was leaving earth, Jesus promised that he would send the Holy Spirit to fill his disciples with power that would strengthen them, support them, comfort them and empower them to do God’s work and be God’s witnesses.

In the Pentecost story, the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples at the Jewish Festival of Pentecost like a gale-force wind. Through the Spirit’s power and with a variety of people, who really did not have much in common including their language, the Church was born.

One of the metaphors we use to describe the work of the Holy Spirit is ‘power.’ Think for a moment of all the devices and things we use each day that require power. I frequently look at my phone throughout the day to see if it has enough power to get me through the rest of the day or even the next meeting. There are days when the power in my phone seems to drain more quickly than other days and I find that I must charge it more frequently. I have become so dependent on my phone that if it gets drained of power I will not have my calendar, my to-do list, my contacts, and all those ‘apps’ I have learned to rely upon.

When we think about it, that’s how our lives become without the power of the Holy Spirit…drained and in need of a charge. When we can recognize and stay attentive to the Spirit’s power, we find that we feel inspired and ‘charged’ enough to move forward in the life we are called to live as God’s people.

May we pay attention to the Spirit’s leading and the nudges of the Spirit each day. When we can do that, the power of Pentecost has a chance to come to us in surprising and wonderful ways.