Note: This week’s New Every Morning reflections are structured differently to follow the format of our featured title, Pauses for Pentecost, which contains 50 days of reflections based on a scripture theme and followed by a daily practice.
God-given radiance reflects the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. When we interact with the Lord as Moses did on Mount Sinai, the Spirit begins to work deeply within us. Our characters begin to radiate an inner integrity, an obvious serenity, a loving responsiveness toward others—all of which reveals vividly that we have been with the Lord.
—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Pentecost: 50 Words for Easter People (Upper Room Books, 2018)
When you look in the mirror today, ask the Holy Spirit to make your face shine with the Spirit’s presence. Trust that your face will reflect the presence of the Lord with us.
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When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.
—Exodus 34:29 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Turn my life into a deep reservoir from which life-giving streams begin to flow toward others around me.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Day of Pentecost (Sunday, May 23)
- Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14
- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
- Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21
- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
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