As we speak out God’s inspiration, our accents might give us away but we can trust God that what people hear will inspire them. We have to trust ourselves, that however inadequate we feel, knowing Jesus as Lord is sufficient. He will sort out the rest. Some will scoff, all will be perplexed but we can rest assured of his love. We can also trust others who we know, know Jesus as Lord, and hold our differences in love.
So as beauty, compassion and hope tug on our hearts and we know contrition and humility; when we know the light overcoming the darkness in us, we can grow to trust that voice. Breath in and out and allow the word to to take root. It will become our voice, it will be us living and moving, it will be Christ with us and in us.
This is the gift of the Spirit, not a mere profession but truth; peace.
And there is a time of waiting. Jesus breathes, Peace and the Holy Spirit, in his time, brings power so that all are saved. The message of the kingdom leavens the whole loaf. Give it time. Be patient.
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.
…Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language
… All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them,
“…everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. …
To one is given through the Spirit ….
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”