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On Pentecost Sunday, we talk about how the Holy Spirit came like a mighty wind, like tongues of fire and amazing things happened as the church was born. People saw the wondrous work of God through the disciples and they thronged to the newly born church.
Where is that mighty wind? Where is that powerful spirit working within our lives? It is still here. God's Holy Spirit is still working within our lives. I see it when our youth group and friends take a Saturday morning and go work on a farm so that hungry people will have good nutritional food to eat.
I see it when members of the church go visit those who are sick and homebound. I see it when you make emergency hygiene kits for those across the world whose lives have been devastated.
The story is told about a salesman who was running through an airport to catch his flight. He ran into a young lady with a cart full of apples; apples flew everywhere. He started to keep running but then decided he needed to go back to help her. He found her crying and discovered she was blind. He could see that many of the apples were bruised, so he put them in a bag and gave her $50.
As he began to walk away, the blind girl called out to him, "Mister, are you Jesus?" He turned around and said, "No, I am not anything like Jesus." The girl gently nodded: "I only asked because I prayed for Jesus to help me gather the apples. He sent you to help. Thank you for hearing Jesus, Mister."
Thank you for hearing Jesus, dear friends. Thank you for the many ways you allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through you. The mighty wind of God still comes—every time we share the gifts God gives us. Breathe in the fresh breath of God's Holy Spirit and feel renewed, refreshed and reborn as God fashions us into his church.