We soon will enter the liturgical season of Pentecost. In the book of Acts (chapter 2), before Jesus ascended into heaven, he left the disciples with his word that the Holy Spirit would fill them. His word must have seemed abstract and even more mysteriously joyful when it came to pass amongst signs of fire, wind, people understanding languages other than their own as one voice. In these weeks leading up to Pentecost I will be praying for wisdom to understand the things that have changed over the past few years and will be looking how to be filled with a new Spirit as I and we live into a time when we can’t necessarily do things “the way we always did.” Covid isn’t quite in the news in the same way it was when the pandemic was at its height, yet with a rapid increase in cases in the Bay Area, we will all have to mindful if their needs to be a change of protocol to keep us safe. Hopefully this uprise will calm down and we will be able to gather and reclaim and rekindle some of the simple pleasures of summer like sitting in the garden enjoying each-other’s company and coffee or shared meals, time to travel, vacation and relax and the opportunity to have late evening light conversations in a leisurely manner. For now, I love watching the butterflies dance outside the office window, the fragrance of late Spring flowers, songbirds songs, and the rapid growth of all the plants as they bask in the light.
- Pastor Jill Ross
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