A Church with a Heart for our Community

May 16th Wednesday

Greetings to you in the name of the one who can still do miracles, Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! Praise God…this is the lovely Spring day that He has created for our pleasure…let us delight in our God! I trust that all is well with you today – I will be praying for you, asking Father to surround you with the peace that passes understanding, with the hope that gives strength, and the joy which is independent of your circumstances.

Here we are in the midst of waiting for Sunday…the celebration of Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit. Even when you think you know what is coming…it is hard to wait. historically this waiting time happened corporately, at one place, perhaps it was that Upper Room where Jesus shared his last meal with the disciples, where he by-passed locked doors after the resurrection. Just to imagine a place where for ten days people gathered, coming and going according to their availability. A place where there was – sharing of stories, laughter, quiet pondering, praying, tears, mending of hearts, restoration of relationships, forgiveness, and so much more.

There is a recent song released that caught my attention. The words capture what I think would have been the shared expression of those who took time to be in that room…to wait. Let me share a few lines from that song called, “My Soul Longs For Jesus.”  — My soul longs for Jesus in a dry and weary land – Oh come living water, Son of God and Son of man – He’s the light in the shadows, He’s the lamp to my feet … My soul longs for Jesus from the morning’s first light – Where His mercies they greet me like a song in the night … My soul longs for Jesus, name above all other names – He’s the Lighthouse that leads me, He’s my compass, my guide …My soul longs for Jesus, He’s the Saviour of sin – His blood washes over, praise God, I’m born again … there are more words, of course and the melody is easy to follow.

I am simply imaging a gathering-place where people from all places in life, regardless of age, gender, social status – came to wait for the promise of the Father. A place where the transforming power of God was being released ever so gently in anticipation of something-Someone they had no way to describe. Here in a simple gathering-place God’s people expressing their soul’s longing for more of the Jesus they had experienced.

There is another relatively new song that uses these words: Spirit, blow upon this place – Show Your glory, have Your way – We will not be moved ’til all we have is You – Spirit, fill us with Your life – All that’s dead now come alive – Oh, ’cause all we want is You … We open our hearts and we wait for You.

Sunday is coming…let your soul long for Jesus…open your heart and wait!