Lent 1 – Friday – the power of the Holy Spirit!

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Knitting Idea:

The last iteration of these cables (this is the third in the Trinity – Holy Spirit)

Pattern abbreviations:  C4F (Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle, hold them in front of work, K2 and then K2 stitches from the cable needle- video instructions here) RC2/2 (Slip 2 purl stitches onto the cable needle and hold in back of work, K2, P2 stitches from the cable needle) LC2/2 (Slip next two knit stitches onto the cable needle, P2 then knit the stitches from the cable needle) C4B (Slip 2 stitches to the cable needle, hold them in back of work, K2, then K2 stitches from the cable needle

Pattern suggestion:  

Row 1:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  P4,  C4F,  P4,  C4F,  P2, LC2/2,  RC2/2,  P2, C4B,  P4,  C4B, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 2, 3 and 4 are all the same:  K1,P1,K1,P1,  (P4,K4) a total of five times   P1, K1, P1, K1

Reflection:

I love how the Spirit is described at Pentecost – a powerful wind, a tongue of fire, voices speaking different languages yet still being understood.  The Spirit is the gift God gave us after Jesus left.  A comforter, a counselor, a source of energy that guides and motivates.

Discernment is a group activity.  It’s hard to know where the Spirit is leading us if we are left to ourselves.  It’s hard to differentiate between our own thoughts and the prompting of the Spirit but a group can often discern the difference.

Whoever thought that planting a garden at a church with the least amount of land in the Diocese in the middle of the city would be a good idea?  How did a priest who wanted to farm end up with a Deacon who felt the same way?  How did a very small parish with a small membership maintain five gardens and produce 3300 pounds of food?  How did they run a farm stand every Saturday during July and August and host a bunch of interns?

Through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Doors open, people show up, work gets done through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Prayerful discernment reveals the work of the Spirit which is already going on in our midst.  It’s like a river with a good swift current, all we have to do is jump in and we get somewhere fast.

We have trouble getting people in our doors on Sunday but through the power of the Holy Spirit we have plenty of people in the gardens.  This year we may have seven gardens, seven more places the Spirit will be working, producing food, creating a safe place in a challenged neighborhood, and providing a venue for healing and prayer.

All through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

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