the Pastor's Desk (May
recently ran across this list called 12 Signs of Spiritual Awakening. It is one of those Internet list not credited to anyone. But I have to admit it is one that I really like:
An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
Frequent attacks of smiling.
Feelings of being connected with others and nature.
Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.
An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
A loss of ability to worry.
A loss of interest in conflict.
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
A loss of interest in judging others.
A loss of interest in judging self.
Gaining the ability to love without expecting anything in return.
I love the idea of losing some of these interests and gaining some of these abilities. And for us, as Christian disciples, in this season leading up to Pentecost we are to be looking for signs of spiritual awakening within our community and specifically the Spirit itself.
In my own prayer life I am praying for evidence of the outpouring of divine power or being Holy Spirit lead in my life and ministry. Will you join me? If we pray for that outpouring together we might actually start to awaken to renewed ministries and ways of being with our neighbors.
Pentecost in our liturgical calendar is the celebration of the beginning of the church. It sometimes has even been called the birthday of the church. I like to think of it as the recognition that we must be Spirit lead to truly fulfill the mission of the church. When we awaken to the Spirit we are able to be as Christ has called us to beloving, grace-filled people of God.
Come Holy Spirit, come!
Peace and Love in Christ,