And suddenly from heaven thee came a sound like he rush of a violent wind
and it filled the entire house…” Acts 2:1-2a
It lifted the scared and inactive disciples of Jesus when it came to them and
with its power they transformed the world. When the Holy Spirit comes to us
it will activate us and force us out into the world.
new people when God’s Spirit touches us. Then things will get really interesting.
This year for our Lenten study the Monday evening spiritual formation group decided to study an Adam Hamilton book entitled Not So Silent Night linking the Christmas experience with Easter through Mary’s eyes. In the first lesson we read about Mary standing at the foot of the cross where her son, Jesus, was being crucified. What was she thinking? Was she remembering when she had given birth to Jesus? Was she thinking about the Magi who brought the gift of Myrrh, which is embalming oil…why would a newborn baby have been given such a gift? As we progressed through the lessons there were so many ah-ha moments that we had never thought of before. The conversations were profound and evocative. Hearing everybody’s thoughts was an incredible learning experience which took all of us deeper into the scriptures and helped us to look at those familiar Biblical stories in a different light. What was most profound was knowing that God was amongst us and guiding us to look at the scriptures in a more meaningful way and to open our hearts to hear God’s word.
How often have we walked through a tragic, sobering event in our lives, oblivious to Jesus’ presence with us? How has this lack of awareness intensified our doubt, fear, and self-pity?
What comfort has God provided us for times just like these? Read Luke’s story of how Jesus revealed himself to these cynical disciples… These Biblical stories are timeless. Yes, historically, we live in different times, but, human nature never changes. The emotions that we experience are the same as those of people who lived centuries ago, and Jesus still speaks to us today. Jesus can open our eyes still today! God is revealed in the Scriptures. And, WE are revealed in these Bible stories, highlighting how easily we abandon the discipline of faith.
Gracious and loving God, thank you for the precious example of Christ! Thank you for providing us with stories of doubting people just like us-to show us how to connect directly with You, and to continue on the path of joy, faith, hope, and love.