Forty days after Jesus’ ascension, fifty days after Easter, the Holy Spirit comes on the disciples with a ‘whoosh’ and with fire and transforms lives. Fire, is particularly poignant as I write.
Yesterday evening Notre Dame’s 12th century cathedral, was torn apart by fire. Thousands stood in the streets and stared, unable to tear their eyes away. As flames rose, some began singing hymns as they watched in pain and sorrow. Some stood as witnesses, painful as it was, to respond with those around them.
During Holy Week Christians watched and waited, to let events of that week and then the coming of the Holy Spirit shape our whole being (as God sends us even more of God’s own self). And through singing our hearts out or standing speechless, we open ourselves, expectant, ready, for God’s spirit to transform us, and through us, the world.
Notre Dame will be resurrected. So can our lives. After the fire, through the ashes, new life will come. Altered and transformed, bringing beauty from brokenness…
Healing Blessings to you ,
Revd Nikki Mann
Nikki is the Priest in Charge of the Raddesley Benefice (which consists of 6 churches) in Cambridgeshire