Send your Spirit
Can you imagine how the disciples felt after Jesus ascended in bodily form into heaven? I always laugh at how the angel asks them why they're gazing at heaven. Of course they were looking into heaven. Their friend, who had just been with them in flesh and blood, just ascended and disappeared.
They may have felt confused, shocked, or even nervous and scared. One thing they had, though, was a promise. "I will not leave you comfortless," Jesus promised them. They were waiting for the promised Helper who mediated God's presence.
A Week of Anticipation
This week, we enter into the disciples' anticipation as we await the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday. This is our prayer for the week:
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son
Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to
strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior
Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
We join in the waiting of the disciples, who waited on the promised Holy Spirit before they could get to the work of being ministers of the Gospel of Christ. Jesus had told them to wait for him, and they dutifully waited. After all, he's the one who can change Peter from one who cowers at the questioning of a servant girl into one who proclaims the Gospel fearlessly. He's the one who can unite racially divided people, slave and free, woman and man. He's the one who empowers the Gospel ministry.
Join in the anticipation of the disciples this week. And cry out for the Holy Spirit, our comforter, our most immediate access into the life of the Trinity, and our only hope at carrying out the Kingdom of God on earth.
Come, Holy Spirit.