Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dropped Calls

We are celebrating Pentecost - the birth of the Church - when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles…and upon us!

Jesus explains the Spirit in John 14:

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth…he abides with you, and he will be with you…and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

From the Pentecost account in Acts 2:

And suddenly from heaven their came a sound like the rush of a violent wind…

God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh…

Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

St. Paul’s interpretation from Romans 18:

All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God…

You have received a spirit of adoption.

We are children of God…heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…

Great & Generous God,

Scripture tells us your Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost. There’s no mention of rationing. It came powerfully, and I should be awash in the Spirit.

…but you reach out to me only to get a dropped call. I’m out-of-network, off the grid. Then I grumble that you seem distant, that you don’t speak clearly or answer promptly.

That’s on me. Your signal is strong. We create the interference with our stuff - our wounds and anxieties, compulsions, comfort-seeking and material aspirations, something as simple as gossip, or just plain busyness. All of it blocks your presence.

Lord Christ, Scripture says your Spirit envelops us, that you have adopted us, that we are offered peace.

It’s a call I must answer! Amen.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Spiritual Infrastructure

Lord God,

We are trained to view sin as something we said or did...or something we failed to do. Sins of commission and omission. 

Are we missing the bigger issue? What about our spiritual infrastructure, the true condition of our hearts?

Do I have a small faith? Am I clinging to my insecurities, fears and prejudices?

Is my vision too narrow? Are my views set in concrete? Am I overly partial to my particular brand of religion?

Do I seem blind to your guiding hand, insensitive to your call? Is dedication to my job an excuse for selfishness? Am I missing opportunities to sincerely engage with the people around me. 

Holy Spirit, take control of my habits and reflexive responses. I'm striving for fewer retractions and omissions. I want the things I say and do to be worthy of a Christ follower. Make me useful to the Kingdom, supporting and cooperating with your work in the world. Amen.

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