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.
When we open our lives to the Holy Spirit, heaven comes to earth, beginning in and with us. The Spirit energizes our bodies, renews our minds, makes our hearts responsive, and gradually transforms our lives. We become aware of the huge difference between walking against the wind and having the wind at our backs. Let us therefore ask the Holy Spirit to blow out the stuffiness and staleness that may be present in our lives right now. Let us also imagine the Wind blowing through our lives, breathing into us a new freshness, cleansing our vision to see more clearly, and empowering us to live as Jesus would if he were in our place.
—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Pentecost: 50 Words for Easter People (Upper Room Books, 2018)
Experiment today with an exercise of the imagination. Sit quietly and in the stillness imagine the Wind of God blowing into every part of your life. What might your life look like?
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Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
—Acts 2:2 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Turn my life into a deep reservoir from which life-giving streams begin to flow toward others around me.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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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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