Pentecost is almost with us. Sunday we will be at church decked out in our best red outfits ready to celebrating the coming of the Spirit – described in scripture in so many wonderful terms – Spirit of truth, advocate, comforter, sustainer, and closely linked with the coming of peace and the outpouring of love. For many the Spirit is the feminine side of God. For others it is the equipper, and strengthener, the eternal abiding presence of God.
More than anything, for me, the Spirit is the equipper for service, the One who sends us out into the world to be God’s representatives of love and peace, of justice and reconciliation. It bothers me that so much of our celebration is confined to inside the church. This is a celebration that should be taken out into the world which is what I have tried to reflect in this prayer.