Power In the Spirit

Daily On-line Devotionals from Lutherans Connect

for the First Two Weeks of Pentecost

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit” by Ninian Comper,
Image by Lawrence OP

Many of us desire to spend more time in spiritual practice than we do, but often find it challenging to make space for it in our lives. In the summer months, many faith communities transition into a time of less programming and it can become easy to fall out of spiritual practice.

In the spirit of our online seasonal devotional projects, Lutherans Connect invites you to make space for reflection during the first two weeks of the Pentecost season of the church. To assist you, we will offer a meditation every other day, bringing together scripture readings, poetry, songs and reflections, from a range of ecumenical traditions.

This Pentecost we explore the biblical theme of ‘power’ when associated with the Holy Spirit. In our contemporary world, we often think of power as that which exerts authority over something or someone, or that which dominates or oppresses. By contrast, the biblical ‘power’ invoked with the Spirit in Scripture is often a translation of ‘at the hand of’. It is used as well to translate words for ‘great strength’, a strength that is deeper or greater than human beings can commonly understand. This Pentecost we will explore how the Holy Spirit works in us to transform us when we are able to listen and dwell in its mystery and presence, when we are able to rest in God’s hands.

Starting on Pentecost Sunday, May 20th and going for fourteen days until Saturday, June 2nd, we will explore specific biblical moments when the ‘power of the Holy Spirit’ has served a role in transformation. At the same time, we will also investigate stories of our own world where having authority and controlling influence has caused damage and destruction, as well as observing the efforts being made by individuals and communities to transform their reality and restore right relationships. Together we will prayerfully reflect on how the Spirit works in our own lives, to effect transformations small or large.

The first link to the devotional will appear this Sunday and on the Lutherans Connect Facebook page every day following until June 2nd. Join us! And may the power of the Holy Spirit rest in you this Pentecost and always.

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