The Holy Spirit can help us always keep in mind the life and teachings of Jesus and also connect us with one another as a community of love, justice, understanding, and power, striving for equity and an end to racism. We want to act from and be about truth-telling, love, justice, and mutual understanding. We pray for Christ’s story of death and rebirth to give us courage, hope, and inspiration. And we need divine power to be with and be transformed by our rage and grief–and our frequently not knowing what to do or how to go about it.
The disciples and early followers of The Way were visited by powerful forces of nature: strong winds and flames of fire. These forces (the Holy Spirit in action) brought them the ability to understand what other people were saying, even when they spoke different languages. Also the passion, desire, and commitment to teach and tell others—without ceasing—about Jesus’ teachings and the kingdom of God he proclaimed. It is often said we need to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. In this work especially, we need the power and encouragement of the Holy Spirit to strengthen, embolden, and uplift us.
Included in this blog are a number of “art sheets” celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit into the lives of the early Jesus followers and into our lives to help us. Feel free to print them out and color or paint them. Send us copies of your images if you’d like (we’d love to see them!) Or send photos of your own original artworks on any of these topics of relating to doing justice, growing equity, and dismantling racism: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s start a movement with our antiracist art and self-expression!
This story of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit, of receiving the divine help we need to do the tough work of growing equity and ending racism, is ongoing and always to be continued… Look for more in our upcoming blog, The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2.