I feel like this blog has turned into the “Monica Show” – but, I suppose that’s kind of what a blog is. So, I guess that’s OK. I’m just tired of me being all about me these days with the transitional stuff – I’d really like to begin focusing more outward. So, I thought I’d focus on Pentecost!
My daughter was confirmed last weekend and my nephew will be confirmed this Sunday. I LOVE the Confirmation liturgy – the reaffirmation of baptism, the commitment to the church. It’s just beautiful to watch these kids get water “thrown” at them, watch their families lay hands on them, feel the love in the room from all in the congregation. Just beautiful.
I can only imagine the tremendous power the disciples experienced with the entrance of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. I liken it to the jolt I feel as I’m gearing up to the climax of the sermon and my heart begins to race. Or, perhaps the feeling I had finishing my first 5K weeks ago. That surge of energy, of power, of happiness and peace . . . all at the same time. And, beyond that the desperate need to go share this feeling with everyone you see!
My prayer for these confirmands is that they, too, felt the power of the Spirit as they exited that stage. And, that they went on, and will continue to go on, sharing the good news of Christ with all they meet. The Holy Spirit is like a constantly charged battery that will continue to engage us with this feeling if we call upon it. My friends, this Pentecost, I pray that we will ALL call upon this power and share the message of Christ with ALL who will listen!
Blessings to you and your family this Pentecost weekend. And, as we also observe Memorial Day, please always remember our troops and pray for them, their families, and for their safe return home as we continue to give God thanks for their sacrifices for our freedom.