Monday, July 5, 2010

James Bond on Pentecost

There’s a famous James Bond line - about how he liked his martini “shaken, not stirred.”

Pardon the bartending analogy, but there’s a Pentecost theme here: On our faith walk we sometimes need to be shaken rather than merely stirred.
Accept these words of praise and intercession from Acts, offered by the Apostles gathered in the upper room:

“Sovereign Lord, you made the heaven and earth and the sea, and everything in them…enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness…stretch out your hand to heal…”

And in Acts 4, verse 31, it says:
“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.”

Maybe I need to be shaken Lord?

Shake loose my pride and the myth of self-reliance.
Shake loose my comfortable complacency.
Shake me…that I may hold ever more tightly to you.
Shake me…that I may see your power and glory.

And like the Apostles, trembling with anticipation in that upper room, may we be filled with the Holy Spirit, may we live boldly for Jesus Christ. Amen.