7th Sunday After Pentecost
“the testimony of the holy spirit”
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
In these difficult times, many are bickering over what is being done and how it should be done. People are hoarding even the not so essential stuff and many other items to the harm of others, trying to stockpile as much as they can to survive. Others are completely ignoring the warnings and only being concerned about themselves and what THEY want or how susceptible THEY are. Take a step back. Think about how they are behaving. They are living in fear, not knowing that there is a God of the living, “Survival of the fittest” or “Eat and drink for tomorrow we die.” This isn’t what you were baptized for!
The Holy Spirit speaks to us differently. He says, “Keep listening to the Word. Pray to God! Remember who you are, as God’s baptized child. You are forgiven through Jesus. You are redeemed by Jesus’ blood. You are saved. You are loved. As long as you keep clinging to Jesus in repentance and faith, God will never reject you. He won’t let go of you. He has you in the palm of His hand. As long as you’re resting in God’s grace and love and forgiveness in Jesus, you’re in the perfect place!” What kind of a spirit do you have? The Spirit of truth, the perfect Spirit, the Holy Spirit, to comfort you with His love, forgiveness, guidance and strength. And there are so many reasons, more than ten thousand reasons to thank God for His Spirit and the calm that He brings through the Word, keeping everything in a heavenly perspective.