Today is Pentecost Sunday, one of the highest holy days in the Christian calendar.
Pentecost Painting by Mildorfer
(public domain artwork)
Pentecost (also known as Whit Sunday, Whitsun or Whitsuntide), marks the date when the Holy Spirit of God descended upon the first Christian believers in power and might.
(The biblical account of this event may be found in the second chapter of Acts in the New Testament.)
Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks after Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday.
Mexican Pentecost Icon
(public domain artwork)
Did you know ... Pentecost is linked to the Jewish Shavuot festival, marking the divine encounter in which Jehovah God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai?
Christians perennial pray for miracles - particularly at Pentecost. Where do you need to see God step in - in a most miraculous way - in your own life? In what specific way do you need to hear from the Lord?
A Rhymed Inspiration on Prayerful Translation - "Most confidantes deserve not trust; Self-centered friendship is unjust. But one Companion merits more, The One who knocks on my heart's door...."
A Mother's Prayer - What happens when a teenager explores independence to an extreme degree? How about when that adolescent rebels and seems out of control? At such times, a parent of faith may resort to tough love . . . and dangerous prayer.
A Poetic Gazing at an Experience Most Amazing - Focused and fallen, faithful and faithless, like the chimera, one may feel torn between faith and practice. When will the dichotomy be merged and a fulfilled unity of spirit, soul and body be restored?
Now that the world is at our fingertips, via the internet, a host of holy ones are no longer folding their hands to pray. Instead, folks are tapping their computer keyboards, as they pray for one another. How does this work?
The acrostic is a classic form of ancient Hebrew poetry, still practiced by modern poets. The first letters of each line of an acrostic together spell out a significant word. Here's a look at Psalm 86, loosely paraphrased as an acrostic poem and a prayer.
Why does wickedness seem to win in our world? Tyrants and terrorists wreak their havoc. Peacemakers and promoters of positivity struggle, while evildoers seem to flourish. This poem, written in iambic pentameter, asks: Where may justice be found?
Should a woman preach and teach in the church? This debate has persisted for centuries. What ought women to do with their spiritual gifts? Would God give women teaching and preaching gifts, if He did not intend for them to use these talents for His glory?