When I took piano lessons as a kid I lived for the stickers. If I played a piece really, really well my piano teacher would smile (she didn’t always do that) and reach for her stickers. My heart would race. Would it smell like strawberries or have a Smurf on it? Or, would it be one of my favorites that said, “Super!” or “Terrific!”? When she planted one of those on my piano piece it was as if she was so happy for me that only a “Super!” sticker could begin to show her excitement. “Super,” and words like it, are used a lot, too much, but sometimes it’s all we have to begin to show our excitement.
This Sunday is Pentecost, the day we celebrate God’s giving of the Holy Spirit, thanks be to God! And as we read the account of that miraculous day from Acts 2 we hear all sorts of reactions from those who were there to experience it – “blown away,” “in an uproar,” “thoroughly disoriented,” etc. It’s as if, when the Holy Spirit was unleashed in the world, words were truly not enough to communicate the awe, the wonder and the excitement of the moment. Words are not enough but, boy, do we need them!
This Sunday, as a community of faith called and gathered by this Spirit, we get to remember together the power that is at work in our midst. It’s a power so great that it is beyond any explanation or words to describe it. It is the power that gathers us together, fills us with hope and sends us out for the sake of the world! Come and celebrate the Spirit this Sunday! It’ll be, well, “super!” Amen?!
See you Sunday…