Now we have received...

Reflections by Annette Roux, Retired Pastoral Associate

"Now we have received … the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God." - 1 Corinthians 2:12


What is your super-power? Invisibility, flying, or perhaps super strength? How about: An amazing ability to bite your tongue at family gatherings. Empathy for your enemies. The godly willingness to let your children make their own mistakes, and to love them all the while. The mature grace not to laugh at your parents' attempts to be cool. The selfless skill of listening. The flair for putting panicked people at ease. A limitless capacity for forgiveness. The undervalued art of bringing together different kinds of people. I You have the very best superpower of all: The Holy Spirit! The Spirit of God is a spirit of power. The power of grace. The power of transformation. The power to restore what was broken, to dream, to live and work in community. The power to choose solidarity over privilege, and understanding over judgment. The power to open doors and build bridges. The power of new life. The power of peace. The superpower of love. Granted, these powers may not play as well on the big screen as those wielded by Superheroes. But they are powers nonetheless—super and holy and real, and given freely to us all. How will you use your superpower today?


Prayer:   Holy One, thank you for giving me the Spirit of power. May I use it to your glory. Amen.