This morning, I got up and rifled through my box of streamers and balloons to find all the red ones I could. I taped them up on our kitchen doorpost to greet the day.
When Jason and Taylor came down the stairs, they asked, "What are these for?"
I reminded them that it was Pentecost (and also that it was Balloon Sunday that we celebrated back in Tennessee at several Episcopal churches that made the day extra festive with balloons all over the church.)
I saw this boy walking out of the Lutheran church down the street from us and I am pretty sure these balloons were for their Pentecost service. I loved following him down the block on this gray rainy morning.
In many liturgical settings, the color red is designated for Pentecost to signify the gift of the Holy Spirit. The banners above are hung at our church every year on this day and are so vibrant.
passages we read in our small group today about the Holy Spirit:
Romans 8: 14- 15
I am thankful for simple things like balloons and streamers that help us set apart certain days and serve as reminders to us to celebrate seasons of the year.
It was also a great opportunity when our small group came over tonight
to let the kids know it was a day worth celebrating...
Holy Spirit come-
Make my eyes to see
Make my ears to hear
Make my mouth to speak
Make my hands to reach out
and touch the world with your love.