Had we been in school, today would have been the last day before our half term holiday. This holiday ends with Pentecost Sunday; the birthday of the Christian Church.
I am sure that you all remember the Pentecost story. Jesus ascended into heaven but promised the disciples he would send something to help them. They felt lonely and scared without Him and hid away together. On Pentecost day, the Holy Spirit came to them in the form of flames, that hovered above their heads, and wind, which filled the room. The Holy Spirit gave them the courage to go on without Jesus being with them.
The Holy Spirit is with us today, just as it was for the disciples all those years ago. We are just like the disciples: lonely, separated from our wider families and a bit scared. If we welcome the Holy Spirit into our hearts, then we can be brave just like the disciples. Pope Francis has encouraged us all to pray to the Holy Spirit during the lock down so that we can act courageously, even in very small ways. I hope you can try and do this during our holiday week.
Pentecost is one of my favourite Bible stories and many artists have tried to represent the scripture. I’m going to have a go at creating a Pentecost picture and will blog my result when the new half term begins. I challenge you to have a go too!
Be brave everyone and Stay home and Stay safe.
Lots of love,