Saturday, March 13, 2021
Power of Holy Spirit
An excerpt from John 3:8 (NRSV):
The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
Reflection from Ellie Stadelmann:
It was a couple of years ago, 2 days before my very first gymnastics competition, I was practicing my bar routine, then, there was pain. I had fractured my growth plate – two days before my very first competition, after a year of practicing my routines and preparing. And I felt as if all my hopes were lost. Through the journey of recovering, I reflected on the situation. It was then that I realized, maybe this is just a small detour in my life. Maybe the Spirit– just as the wind – is taking me a different route to get to my final destination, though the direction had been unexpected and unplanned. I worked exceptionally hard to recover. With new hope and faith in God through the blowing of the spirit, I would learn something in this process. During this season of recovery, I saw the Spirit blowing me in new and unexpected directions as well as I began painting, exploring new areas of science, and even began a new sport: swimming. It was through this experience that I realized, we cannot control the unexpected twists and turns in life, but through God, we can sometimes get back on track and push through the challenge – or we sometimes can head in completely new directions.
Photograph by Kyle Soonthornsima
For further study and prayer, the readings assigned for today are:
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Numbers 20:22-29; John 3:1-13
“Veni Sancte Spiritus”
Come Holy Spirit:
fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle your love in them.
You have gathered the nations
together in the unity of faith.
Tags: Lent 2021