In A Nutshell | May 21, 2021

The Spirit is Present (and Moving) Among Us

Prayer can take place anywhere at any time, but I find such moments of reflection especially meaningful in the Sanctuary. As I have mentioned in the past, I try to stop in at least once each morning just to “check in” with the Lord and offer a few praises and petitions before closing with the Lord’s Prayer.

My routine is the same each day. I kneel in front of the cross and offer my prayers to Him. What I have discovered in recent weeks is very intriguing, if not fascinating. The Dove that Jen Moser so skillfully hung in place several months ago to tie in with one of my sermons, remains there as a reminder that the Holy Spirit is always with us, but what is truly amazing is that while I am there, the Dove actually sways and rotates ever so slowly. Everything else in the church is still. There is no discernable air flow, but the Spirit still moves — and I swear it’s not just my imagination.

None of this should surprise me, however. After all, the Spirit is never still; it is always moving — encouraging, inspiring, enlightening, consoling, admonishing. It is wise for us to pay attention to the Holy Spirit, to seek and follow its guidance, to be moved to answer God’s call to us as His servants.

There are many Scriptural references to the Holy Spirit, including perhaps the most familiar from the Book of Acts, Chapter 2, which describes its miraculous and awe-inspiring arrival on Pentecost, which will be celebrated in our church and around the world on Sunday. That passage not only chronicles the impact of the Spirit, but also its role in the final days of this world when God says…

In the last days,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
    Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
    Your young will see visions.
    Your elders will dream dreams.
Even upon my servants, men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
        and they will prophesy.
I will cause wonders to occur in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
        blood and fire and a cloud of smoke.
The sun will be changed into darkness,
    and the moon will be changed into blood,
        before the great and spectacular day of the Lord comes.
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.[

Imagine what that will be like! Clearly the disciples were bewildered and perplexed on Pentecost, but they were also lifted up by the presence of the Holy Spirit. What will our reaction be when he comes again in glory? We need not be frightened, but instead joyful because we know that through our relationship with the Lord, our place in His Father’s Kingdom for eternity is assured.

Join us for Pentecost this Sunday as our women lead us in worship, and don’t forget to wear red to symbolize the passion you have for the Lord.

Until we meet again, Be Blessed! – Pastor John

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