Romans 8:22-27 (New Revised Standard Version of the Bible) 8:22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now;
8:23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
8:24 For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen?
8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
8:27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Today is Pentacost Sunday, the day we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord, Jesus Christ, into heaven. His days on earth as a human are completed, but His work is not. He does not leave us alone, but sends the Holy Spirit to us in His place. We are the ones who have much work to do.
Today’s bible reading is just one of the traditional readings for This day. Another is from Ezekial where the bones are gathered up together. Perhaps you remember a Sunday School song about “them bones, them bones, them dry bones’.
Still another is from the Book of Acts which tells the famous story of speaking in tongues. This reading is intimidating to many as this is indeed a very strange event. Some churches are built around this event. So you see, not everyone finds this intimidating, but inspirational.
Another is from the Gospel book of John, who relays what Jesus said before ascending to heaven. Here is where we hear of this helper, Holy Spirit, God the Spirit whom He is sending to us. The third part of the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God, the Holy Spirit – three in One.
We are not alone in this world, with our work to do. God is always present and present everywhere. Look for signs of Him in your world. I see God in nature. That is one reason celebrating Easter at sunrise on the beach is so spiritually invigorating to me. Where do you see Him? Discover places where you feel His presence most. Notice what activities help you feel close to Him. I find comfort in singing hymns, helping others and gardening. Remember those places and activities for when you feel those ‘growing pains’ while we wait in patience for the redemption of our own bodies. Be aware in those times of connection and practice them often. “For you see, in the end, it is between YOU and GOD. It was never between you and them anyway.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Thank you for sharing this time with me. I welcome your comments. Please share with us all, some of your own ‘God places and activities’!
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