Acts 2:22-28

Today’s devotional was written by Cameron Garrett.

Music for Meditation: “Femenine: No. 1, Prime”

“But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power” (NRSV 2:24).

I’ve told this story before: When I was in seminary, one of my sage professors would consistently quip that it is of the utmost importance to “begin at the beginning.” Dr. Erskine shared his hard-won platitude like a secret, with a gentle smirk and an honest, available-for-all-to-see twinkle in his eye that suggested he knew some essential wrinkle of reality that we did not. Begin at the beginning. The life-affirming quality of our reading, writing, thinking, praying, and moving is dependent upon our point of departure. Where is your beginning? How do you begin? Your answer may be dependent upon where you’d like to go – and it may prove paradoxically true that where you’d like to go is dependent upon your beginning.

We’re embarking on our Summer of the Spirit, and we begin with Peter announcing the new reality that’s been inaugurated in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The promise of Jesus’ liberation from death is that we too are freed from the caustic, insidious powers of death. According to our tradition and witness, anything that promotes death over life will simply fail; this is merely the natural order of our life in Christ, the reality that only life begets life, and that death’s meaning and influence is entirely dependent upon life’s continual blooming expansion. Good News for us, the Holy Spirit is with us – present, here right now – to guide us along in our
shared flourishing, cooperating with us to promote life even when all seems lost. The tomb is an empty womb. This is our anchor in the current. This is the substance of our hope.

What does it mean for the Holy Spirit to constantly promote the continuation of life?

Reading for Further Reflection: “The Growing Edge,” Howard Thurman.

Please share your thoughts, comments, and questions.

One response to “Acts 2:22-28”

  1. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit promotes life. It calls me to pick up the cross and follow. I work to tamp down my ego and put God’s purposes, will and thoughts in its place. My belief is that these efforts will lead to life. As I stumble, it is His grace that provides a new start.

    … I need help to understand the twinkle in your professor’s eye. Many people talk about ends being the source of new beginnings. I am less clear about when/how the beginning informs all that follows. I look forward to catching up with you one of these Thursdays at Persimmons to discuss.

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