Graham’s Weekly Message

We have had some wonderful days of warmth and sunshine, and as night follows day, we are now back to the rain and cooler temperatures. As we have celebrated the risen Lord Jesus over the past weeks of the season of Easter, last Thursday we commemorated Ascension Day, when Jesus rose back to his Father in heaven. Now we look forward to Pentecost when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first disciples. In a similar way it must have felt to the disciples the way we feel about the weather; days of sunshine with Jesus present, and then normality returns, as it was before Jesus came; the routine and mundaneness of day-to-day life.

When Jesus left, he made them a promise: to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit which would give them the power and authority to proclaim the good news about Jesus. We know from the book of Acts in the Bible, that is exactly what they did, first in Jerusalem, where they were, and then moving out from the city. Things would never be the same for them as they obeyed Jesus’ command to go and make disciples of all people.

Sometimes in life we have rainy days, when nothing seems to be going right, we meet all sorts of obstacles that appear to get in the way of our plans, and our progress is halted on the path of life. Although Jesus doesn’t promise a bed of roses when we put our trust in him, he does promise that he will be with us through the dark times, and that his love and support will get us through to sunny days. As we celebrate Pentecost, may you know the power of the Holy Spirit permeating your life and all that encompasses.

With God’s blessing

Revd Graham

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