One in the Spirit

Monday, May 20

5.20By Greg Savage of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

—Acts 2:1–4

Pentecost is the dramatic event in which God enters with spiritual power the house of gathered disciples, who came from many parts of the world. This gift was promised by Jesus earlier and by the prophet Joel quoted in Peter’s sermon.

Amid diversity, the Pentecostal gift of the Holy Spirit empowered the disciples to proclaim the peace of Jesus Christ. Peter delivered his sermon with such great spiritual influence that 3,000 believed. This suggests the outpouring of the Spirit is meant for all people.

In 1972 my brother, some American and German friends, and I traveled from Germany to the campgrounds of Dunfield House in the British Isles for the annual International Youth Camp. At this camp seven nations were represented. All the classes and worships were translated into English, Dutch, and German. We were of different genders and cultures, spoke different languages, and had various skin tones and body types ranging from huge to small. We were all together “in the same box.”

During that week, none of the differences really mattered because we were experiencing the Holy Spirit. It was the glue that bound us as we sang “We Are One in the Spirit.”

Pentecost for us today testifies of the continuing gift of the Holy Spirit calling us to live in the promise of Christ. This is not an annual event. God enters humanity daily with the gift of the Holy Spirit for the inspiration of all.

Prayer for Peace
Holy Spirit, we answer your call. May we be open to you daily. May we be ready and willing to share the peace of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Welcoming Unity in Diversity
Meditate on Unity in Diversity. Create a large circle with your arms. See and feel the diverse people God invites inside the sanctuary of Christ’s peace represented by this circle.

Who is easiest to welcome? Whom do you struggle to include? Confess the dividing walls between you and people too different or “dangerous” to invite into your spiritual home. Ask God to forgive and heal barriers that keep us from loving one another.

Peace Covenant
Today I will look to you, God, for wisdom and knowledge.

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