Respond to the Spirit
I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
Do you ever feel that the Church is ‘whistling in the wind’? That somehow what we do or say doesn’t matter anymore? For those of us in a Christian environment we think Pentecost matters. That it was a significant event. The power of God was shown to the first followers. The Acts passages ends with a ‘call’ to respond to God.
What is it in life, in Church, in us, that stops that call coming to fruition? Go on, be like me, and admit to yourself that unless you are saying a prayer then it’s very hard to just focus on God! As a community of faith let us try to pray that the Spirit of God shapes that call within and around us this week.
Lord, I set about this prayer time with good intentions. But within a few seconds that monkey mind of mine starts to jump around.
Let it. Lord help me to return my attentiveness to You.
Let me take into my thoughts the horrors on the news from terrorism, the threat of wars, the strife of our political divisions, and the constant call to be concerned for others.
Let me acknowledge the pop-ups of the brain and bring me back to be sitting in front of You and Your call.
Help me to let go of the ‘stuff’ going on around me – the work demands that need fulfilling – the domestic duties that have to be completed – all the ‘junk’ that wastes what we call time.
Lord help me in this moment – to bring Your call to centre stage, to open our church community to be shaped by Your Spirit and to respond to whatever impulsion and opportunity to love are presented before us in our lives. Amen.