It was sort of like wind, but not quite;
it was kind of like fire, but that wasn’t it either.
It is an event that goes beyond description,
perhaps even beyond any known experience – Whitsunday Pentecost
In the Garden at Proserpine Whitsunday Uniting Church on the corner of Herbert and Main Sts Proserpine, we decorated our garden display with streamers and pinwheels, ribbons and a Dove to celebrate WhitSunday Pentecost.
The people present at the original Pentecost felt a holy sense of unity, despite the differences between them. They came from different geographical areas and spoke different languages, yet they all experienced the same powerful presence of God and all could understand the message as the Spirit blew and danced among them.
The display was a way of explaining to the community the meaning of WhitSunday and that it is the Christian Holy Day of Pentecost.
Pentecost is not only the celebration of the coming of the gift of the Holy Spirit it also marks the birth of the Christian Church which has been observed by Christians as early as the first century.
Many people stopped and read the instructions and placed a pinwheel:
The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. We don’t always know how to pray or what to pray for. That’s when the Spirit takes our sighs that are too deep to turn into words, and offers them to God for us. God searches our hearts and knows the mind of the Spirit within us. (Romans 8:26)
Do we know how to pray and what to pray for?
The answer is that when we don’t know how to pray or what to pray for, the Spirit moves like the wind and makes our desires known to God.
Pause. . . take a moment
Ponder . . . think of a person or situation
Pray. . . place a pinwheel in the garden
Thank you for your prayer.
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