This month, we hear from Bev McDonald, who gives a timely reflection on the promises of God’s Spirit that give us hope, and reminds us that our lives are held firm by the indestructible power of Love.
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Begin your meeting with Thanksgiving and Prayer then read Acts 2:38
For God’s promise of the Holy Spirit is for you and your families, for those yet to be born and for everyone
the Lord our God calls to himself.
Read the Scripture again to yourself, then share a word, phrase, or sense that touches you.
Listen to the Reflection or Read the Script.
These questions can be used as a guide to help your sharing:
What challenges you most from this reflection?
When warm feelings of God are absent, or suffering and evil enter your life, what helps you hold on to faith?
How can it help others if we share gritty faith in dark seasons?
Even now “I am fully known”. How can that revelation help you when God feels far away?
Where or who are the starfish in your life and how might helping them support your faith?
“We should thank God for having sown our path with contradictions. That will teach us no to place any store by creatures, to look to God alone, to act for God alone.”
Fr J C Colin (FS, doc. 39, § 8 )
Pray with and for each other, then conclude your meeting with this prayer.
My soul glorifies the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her lowliness; henceforth all ages will call me blessed.
The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy is his name!
His mercy is from age to age, on those who fear him.
He puts forth his arm in strength and scatters the proud-hearted.
He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly.
He fills the starving with good things, sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel his servant, remembering his mercy; the mercy promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his descendants forever.
(Luke 1: 47-55)