The Holy Spirit descends...
This is what the ESV says happened to the Apostles at the beginning of their quest to spread the Word throughout the known world:
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
This Sunday we celebrate this event - because this is Pentecost Sunday - and I hope that all of you can close your eyes, lift your arms up - and feel the power of the Holy Spirit guiding you through every day of your life. We have this enormous source of power, one that can get us through the dark days of a pandemic and allow us to see ahead to the day when all of this is behind us. And indeed, one day, all that we see around us will also be behind us, and we will live in peace and joy for ever.
One thing to remember: the power of the Holy Spirit also gives us the courage to reach out to those in need, to treat all humans with dignity and respect, to give our love to those who show only anger and disdain for us, and to be the sort of caring and empathetic person who is a blessing to all those around us.
Blessings to all of you! Pastor Buzz