I love Pentecost.
This is not necessarily “normal” for Lutherans. Lutherans, similar to most ‘mainline’ Christian denominations, are intimidated by the Holy Spirit because we do not know what to do with it.
I have recently shared that Jesus was a radical teacher, however Jesus is ‘safe’ and essentially predictable in his words, teachings to the disciples, and actions.
The Holy Spirit, however, is an entirely different ball game. The Holy Spirit cannot be confined, contained, or controlled because it is too spirited, bold, and courageous… dare I say ‘feisty’. I love it, but we do not know how to deal with it.
Since we do not know how to deal with it, one Sunday a year we ‘let’ the Holy Spirit loose in our churches. It is the festival of Pentecost, thus we decorate with the color of red and the images of flames because fire is a perfect symbol/image for the Holy Spirit and its unpredictability. Read the rest of this entry »