"All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability. (Acts 2:4)
Filled? What do you think of? A full glass of something to drink? A sink full of dishes? A container full of your favorite thing to do -- books to read, yarn to knit or crochet, fabric to quilt? What about full stomach - like at Thanksgiving or Easter? Or a full tank of gas? Or even "over full" like when we are at a buffet table or the commercial for which kind of paper plate we should be using?
The readings today are telling the history of the fulfillment of Jesus's promise from last week. The gift of the Holy Spirit God promised (Luke 24:49) we spoke of last week. Pentecost - 50 days - as in 50 days after the Resurrection, after Passover, and 1 week since the Ascension. We usually point out the Disciples being able to speak in "other languages." Today I want you to think of "ALL of them were filled with the Holy Spirit" (v. 4). As in full!! As in think of the difference being full might make! As in the fruits of the Spirit, spoke about often but I'm going with Galatians 5:22-23: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
As Caregivers we are already showing our love - at least to our receiver and to our families - but if we are FULL of the Holy Spirit, to over flowing are we showing these gifts to others? CAN we show these gifts to others? If we are FULL of the Holy Spirit to others see it (the Holy Spirit) in us? Something to think about......
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