Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on June 3, 2014..
Prayer: Blow in our lives, Lord, and help us to see the Spirit. Amen.
Reading: Acts 2:1-21 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: When the Spirit of God is first introduced in the Genesis creation stories we encounter the Hebrew word RUACH: wind, spirit, breath. It swept across the earth. And we hear of that wind again in today’s scripture “a sound like the rush of a violent wind.” And, Luke tell us, “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.”
How might we experience the Holy Spirit today? I hope there is a breeze (not a violent wind) to remind us that the Holy Spirit stirs among us.
Sing with me:
Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness calling and free;
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness, stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.
(With One Voice 684, Evangelical Lutheran Worship 396)
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