Scripture: Acts 1:1-14
Key Verses: (6-8) So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Reflection: Gathering to wait and pray are two of the primary activities of the early church. This is a tough task for the faithful church today in an age of fast food, the quick fix and on-demand everything. We can get anything we want at almost any time of day that we want. Our waiting implies that the things which need to be done are beyond our ability to accomplish on our own. Wait and pray.
This week several of the High School youth are doing a lot of praying and waiting. They are in the Chesapeake Bay on two sailboats, with little available on demand. Last week, they could get a Starbucks on the way to school, order a movie from Netflix when they were done with their classwork, stop at any number of places to get exactly what they were craving for an afternoon snack before texting, snapchatting, tweeting and documenting a bit of their day. Today, we woke up and began our day with morning prayers and only one option for breakfast and one task. Sail. It is beautiful — but there is not much we can get fast. We have to wait and pray the orders of the day. We are trying to understand what it might have been like to hear these words for the first time. The disciples did not seem afraid. Are we? Are we afraid to stop and wait? What are we afraid will happen?
The Lord’s marching orders would be terrifying except from his assurance that the power to obey lies not in us, but rather in the Holy Spirit that has been present from the beginning. We can learn from Mary, the mother of Jesus how to respond to the Holy Spirit, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
Prayer: God who is Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, come, meet me in my waiting. May your Holy Spirit lure me into rest and revive my hope. Empower me to be a witness to your love with all that I am. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].