My, my, my, this new normal we're in is a strangely boring struggle, isn't it? How can I have so much time on my hands and yet struggle to get things done? How can so many of my daily stresses have sunk into the background of life, while a deep looming grief and anxiety has taken its place? So many of us are lacking in physical, spiritual, and emotional strength under the weight of worries we don't even realize we have. We need extra motivation when times stretches before us this way, and our power is so in question.
Acts 4:31 ends the story of Peter and John going before the council. They struggle to know how to go forward from that moment, the threat of spreading the gospel now very real to them. And we read these words, "When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness."
We may not be gathered together, but we certainly have the sense that we have been shaken. I pray that God is shaking us at the same time the world is, and I would encourage you that, especially if we commit some time to the Lord each day, we will again be filled with the Holy Spirit. In that way, we can act and speak with boldness the mercy, grace, and, especially this week, the resurrection power of our Mighty God.
If you need some extra inspiration, I'd encourage you to CLICK HERE. Each week, we post some inspiration on social media. If you aren't on Facebook, twitter, or Instagram, maybe you didn't see these. When you click, you will find a slideshow of our social media posts. I pray they are an inspiration and motivation to live and love in boldness.
Rev. Jana Quisenberry is the minister at Brightwood Christian Church. She's an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN, She now resides in Mt. Lebanon with her husband, two children, and dog, Sookie. Pastor Jana loves the church, science fiction, and coffee.
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