Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Reading Ahead -- Easter 7

This week's readings look ahead to Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit. (I don't know what that gruesome picture of the seven-year locust on the Vanderbilt lesson page has to do with anything ...)

What do you know about gathering together with dear and beloved people while you wait for something to happen? At a hospital bedside, before a wedding begins, waiting for the curtain to rise, hiding in a room to jump out and yell "Surprise!"? What is there about that waiting energy, that anticipation, that reminds you of this scene from Acts? What do you know about this kind of trust and prayer ... after all, the disciples have no idea what that is going to mean when the Holy Spirit arrives.

Think about waiting and hoping and wondering, a kind of waiting done in community, gathered in anticipation.

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