Empowered (10 July 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind!  It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit led them to speak.

(Acts 2. 1 – 4)

Reflect:

Jesus followers’ were bereft and frightened after he left them to return to heaven, but he’d promised them the Holy Spirit. Here we read of the Spirit coming in a dramatic and unmistakable way- with a noise like a gale, and the appearance of flames landing on each of them. As his followers today, we too are promised the Holy Spirit’s presence, power and protection.

Respond:

Jesus said we should ‘ask’ for the Spirit. Pray for a fresh empowerment of the Holy Spirit today and for his life-giving presence.

Midday Meditation:

Please listen God, and answer my prayer! I feel hopeless, and cry out to you from a faraway land.  

Lead me to the mighty rock high above me. You are my strong tower, where I am safe from my enemies.

(From Psalm 61)

Evening Reflection:

Even in the darkest night, your teachings fill my mind. I will always look to you, as you stand beside me and protect me from fear. With all my heart, I will celebrate, and I can safely rest. 

(From Psalm 16)

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