The Christian Churches are celebrating the Coming of The Holy Spirit onto the early Christians: Pentecost or Whit Sunday, as many will recall. The action of Almighty God is beyond our direct control, but we can be responsive to it. This occurs either when we pray for a loved one, or when we receive an ' inspiration ' that reminds us to contact someone we have not spoken with for a while and we discover that they are in some kind of need and appreciate our telephone call. Such a gentle action can sometimes seem like a simple thought, but if we take a moment to reflect on it we might wonder "Where did that thought come from?"
Have you ever had such an experience, or indeed been on the other end when someone contacted you and you were really pleased? When a loved one dies or there is a worrying hospital appointment to attend, the action of The Holy Spirit may well send you a moment of comfort that perhaps you hardly notice. A warm memory or an offer of a lift to Hospital. A cup of tea or a card.
Jesus said The Father would send such a 'Comforter ' and that The Holy Spirit would help us both understand and pray. The birth of a grandchild or the exam success of a niece bring with them warm emotions and a store of happy memories for the future. These too are part of the ' Weather System ' of The Holy Spirit. Some of the signs that the season is here are an increase in our hope and trust. A greater kindness to the ones we live with, and a self-control that enables us to take time to notice what is going on for our friend or relative. "Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your Faithful, and You shall renew the face of the earth".