Not Just an Event

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

“God will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.” [John 14:16b]

When you think of the Holy Spirit, what words or images come to mind for you? With Pentecost this coming Sunday, we may envision dancing flames or the effects of a mighty wind blowing things around a room. Words for the Holy Spirit found in Scripture are varied depending on the translator – Advocate, Counselor, Friend, Helper, Comforter, and Spirit of Truth. Whatever words or images come to mind for you, Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit is a forever gift for us, not just an event in a room of gathered believers on a particular day two thousand years ago. With the spectacular nature of Pentecost as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, it is easy to forget that the Spirit is as close as our breath.  In John’s Gospel, Jesus simply breathed on the disciples and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”  The Spirit is a gift, which indeed comes to us in various forms. Yet, let us remember that the Spirit is a forever gift given to us by Jesus.


Come, Holy Spirit, come. O Comforter, help me to recognize your presence in the midst of troubles. O Counselor, impart your wisdom as I move through my days. O Friend, be my constant companion encouraging me and challenge me to live the way of love. Amen.

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