Monday Musings for 5.24.21

 

Dear Friends,

On this Monday after Pentecost, this is from Brian McLaren:

The wind can be blowing, but if your sail isn’t raised, you won’t go far.  You can be surrounded by oxygen, but if you don’t breathe, it won’t do you any good.  The sap can be flowing, but if a branch isn’t connected to the vine, it will wither.  If you don’t have kindling and wood in your hearth, a lit match won’t burn long.  It’s the same with the Spirit.  We are surrounded with the aliveness of the Spirit.  All that remains is for us to learn how to let the Spirit fill, flow, and glow in us.

I like that.  “Fill, flow, and glow.”

Does your face glow?  I’m not talking about facial “glow up” treatments.  I’m talking about what is happening on the inside of you becoming visible on the outside of you.

I think of the Transfiguration:

His face shown like the sun.  Matthew 17:2

I think of what Paul describes here:

Be we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.  I Corinthians 3:18

Fill, flow, and glow.  It’s in that order for a reason.  A genuine glow comes from the in-filling and in-flowing of the Holy Spirit.

That’s what did happen to the disciples on Pentecost.  That can happen to you and to me on this Monday after Pentecost.

In Christ,

 

John