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Come Down O Love Divine -- The Gift of the Holy spirit

Christmas has come and gone;  Easter celebrations are in the past.  The sounds of the celebration of Christ's Ascension into Heaven are slowly fading.  Jesus has now gone into Heaven where Scripture tells us that he is seated at the right hand of the Father.  We, like the first disciples, are waiting and hoping as the promise of the Advocate, the One being sent to us by the Savior, is coming.  Like those disciples who are even now gathered again in that Upper Room, want to believe and even in our certainty, we don't quite know what to expect.

Suddenly, there comes the sound of a mighty rushing wind, probably we today would liken it to the sound of a tornado.  The room is filled with noise and at the same time, flames of fire appear above the heads of all in that room.

As the group emerges from their gathering place, they are among a great crowd of people gathered in Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost, a feast of remembering that fifty days after the freeing of the Israelites from Egypt, the Sacred Law was given to Moses at Mt. Sinai.  The disciples began to share their experience with those around them, and then Peter called all to attention and began to preach.  His sermon is recorded in the first chapters of the Book of Acts.  As he spoke, people from many nations and speaking many different languages understood him as if he were speaking in their particular tongue.  Thus, the command of the Savior that the Gospel be preached to the people of lands far and near is beginning to be carried out.  And the very first Day of Pentecost became not only an ancient feast of remembrance for the People of Israel, but a celebration for the Christian Community as well.

Now in 2019, once again we remember and are thankful for the Gift of God's Holy Spirit, now becoming a reality, a companion to all who have place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord.  As the 'One who walks along beside us,' the Holy Spirit is constantly calling us to remember the teaching of Jesus, reminding us how those teachings can be lived out in our lives, is an ever-present companion in the messiness of human living, and never lets us forget that in the power and presence of the Spirit, Jesus himself is with us.  For where the Spirit is, there the Father and the Son are also.

" Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me."

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