By Gina Gaudet
creation story begins with the image of a presence, a potent
possibility for everything coming from nothing:
“The earth was void and without form, and darkness was on the
face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face
of the waters.”
The beginning of the entire story of creation and all that
follows is the brooding presence of spirit. It is as if love has
been waiting forever.
Everything begins with spirit. Spirit can be experienced as
love, inspiration or comfort: an experience created through
meditation or music; or simply received through being in nature,
or in the presence of art. Or beauty. Or a baby.
Spirit is present even when we live as if we are void of its
power. But when we choose to act from fear, hate or ignorance,
spirit is lovingly indomitable, infinitely present and
Like a loving mother, patiently, eagerly anticipating the return
of her children, she awaits our attention, those moments of
inadvertent awareness that allow her to slip into our
consciousness – or our subconsciousness – with wisdom, healing
These words are written the day before Pentecost. What began as
the Jewish festival of Shavuot, observed 50 days after Passover,
became the birth of Christianity.
The story tells of an outpouring of spirit over the followers of
Jesus, most of whom were Jewish, gathered in Jerusalem for the
festival. Although the immediate manifestation of this event was
the miraculous “speaking in tongues,” the more important result
was the quick expansion of the movement into a new faith and a
new church. Spirit, once again, creating.
At Pentecost, we are invited to reflect on what spirit is
creating in our lives – or, perhaps, what spirit longs to create
in us and in the life of our church.
And we are invited to tap into that source, that infinite,
welcoming presence that broods over our lives, longing, waiting
to express love and light to a hurting planet and her people.
What will you hear? What will you see? What will you do?