All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak
in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
The Holy Spirit is at the center of the Christian way. It is the living element, the operative mechanism for relating to God. It is that part of ourselves that is related to the Divine. The person who develops a relation with the Holy Spirit, who lives a life open to it, is at the place that the Christian story, theology and practice want us all to be. The Holy Spirit is that part of the action of God that exists within each person’s subjective awareness. It is inspirer, guide, director, comforter, source of strength. It’s the source of all religious experience from mystical rapture to a simple sense of guidance or presence. It is the means by which people know and feel God.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts and kindle in us the fire of your love.
How would your life change if you truly believed you and others are “temples of God’s Spirit”? What would it be like to live seeing God’s Spirit energizing all things?
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?
1 Corinthians 6-19
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The word “Comforter” as applied to the Holy Spirit needs to be translated by some vigorous term. Literally, it means “with strength.” Jesus promised His followers that “The Strengthener” would be with them forever. This promise is no lullaby for the faint-hearted. It is a blood transfusion for courageous living.
Pour on us your living spirit in all ways, always.
The Holy Spirit establishes the righteousness of heaven in the midst of the unrighteousness of earth.
Since the days of Pentecost, has the whole church ever put aside every other work and waited for ten days, that the Spirit’s power might be manifested? We give too much attention to method and machinery and resources, and too little to the source of power.
J. Hudson Taylor
Pentecost is an invitation to dream. For when a community of faith quits dreaming dreams, it has little to offer either its members or the wider world. These dreams involve adopting a new perspective on what’s possible, rousing our creativity to free us from conventional expectations. They help us see that maybe what we thought was outlandish actually lies within reach.
Matthew L. Skinner
The Creative Force is still exploding, expanding our universe in a thousand directions every moment. And so, too, is it exploding in us, turning into creations that bring comfort and joy. It is not always for us to know exactly what this force has in mind, but to be a vessel for its power, a humble servant of its grace and wonder.
Pentecost has not created an alternative mythology with which to secularize and commercialize it. It has not created a figure like a fat, jolly man in a red suit or a large bunny. Stores don’t stock special items for the Feast of Pentecost. In fact, the Feast of Pentecost comes and goes in the church year without the world even noticing.