Sunday is Penecost when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the formation of the church. It is always for me a special of day of remembering friends and family who provide a glimpse of what God’s wonderful kingdom family will look like.
This year I feel I have had a special preview of that kingdom banquet. As many of you know I am currently in Australia to celebrate my mother’s 88th birthday. The big day was yesterday. We started with a visit to her favourite cafe where the owners delightedly presented her with a special birthday ice cream.
Shortly after my brother arrived from the Gold Coast and then my uncle and aunt dropped in as an unexpected surprise. We celebrated with a wonderful luncheon feast, reminisced, shared stories, laughed and enjoyed ourselves. Today we will celebrate with the rest of the family.
Hospitality, celebration, the coming together of friends and family are to me, all a foretaste of the kingdom of God. This has been a very special glimpse into the kingdom banquet feast with which we will all be welcomed into God’s resurrection created world.