Holy week at Pleasant Dale was terrific! Love Feast, the Journey to the Cross, Remembering the Story at Dawn, Telling the Story Through Music and Celebrating the Story in Worship. There were activities designed to speak to all types of learners and each activity built upon the prior one with our Easter worship service being a unifying time together. God was here!
God showed up on that first Easter morning. That dead body that had been in the grave was alive and moving about. Jesus popped into rooms where the disciples were hiding out. He called people by name. He walked along the dusty roads with his followers. He even met them at the shore and had breakfast ready when they came in from fishing.
We perhaps face some of the same emotions that the early disciples did. There was joy, elation, confusion, doubt and wonder. The disciples were sorting out how to live as Christ followers in the days following his resurrection. We are facing the same challenge today, In the coming days, weeks and months we need to figure out how to live as his disciples. All that we have experienced, felt and known is informing our faith. We know the resurrected Christ. We should walk on the other side of Easter as changed people. So, where do we go from here?
Acts 1:4 and 5, tells us, “On one occasion, while Jesus was eating with them, he gave them this command: 'Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'”
Most of us are not very good at waiting. Yet, Jesus tells the disciples, “Wait”. There was a special gift coming, but they had to wait. I wonder what they talked about as they sat in that upper room comparing notes? I wonder if anyone got tired of waiting? I bet they had some great stories to share with one another. The coming of the Holy Spirit would have been a new experience. They didn't really know what to expect. As we ponder and live out our faith in the resurrected Jesus, let's expect the Holy Spirit to move in our midst and to work in our lives. Let's be still and wait for the Spirit. Let's not attempt to do God's work without his spirit in us.
As you continue to walk through the coming weeks of Easter, search for the Holy Spirit in all of your work and worship.
In Christ, Pastor Olinda