Unlike other weeks, I do not have a prepared sermon from a text this week. So here are some of my notes that elaborated on in my sermon.
We always have times and moments in our life where we feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start.
When I entered my first year nursing program I felt completely out of my league. This was the first time I had moved away from home and the first time I had entered into a university program. More than once I felt overwhelmed with the work load. Diana is someone who I met in my first year nursing school. We quickly became good friends and through her support and mentoring she taught me how to write a research paper by taking one thought or topic and stretching it out for a couple of extra pages. In many ways she sustained me through my nursing program and into my nursing career with her encouragment and faith in me and my ability.
Who are the Dianas in your life? Those people who enter your life from time to time to be that rock and support for you to lean on. When and to whom have you been a rock and guide for others to lean on?
God gives us, the Church the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate. This is waht we celebrate today on Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is our guide and mentor that helps sustain the church during those times where we feel completely overhelmed with no energy or vision of where to focus our energy next. The Holy Spirit is what has sustained the Church in carrying on being the Church in generations past, this current generation and in the generations to come. This is the day we celebrate and give thanks for the mentors in our lives who sustain us each and every day, and it is a day we give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit who sustains the Church from generation to generation.