“Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the
served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness
before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.” Gandhi
The Pentecost narrative imagines a special moment when the
wind of the spirit blew in a powerful way to invigorate and empower the
young Christian movement. Of course, that movement wasn’t about
worshiping a person or creating a new institution; that movement was
about confronting injustice, offering hope and healing to those in need,
organizing and relieving the poor, and affirming the sacred value of all
people. When we joyfully and selflessly offer ourselves in service, we are
reliving the spirit of Pentecost. When we are so spirit-filled, we are then
the resurrected and returned presence of Christ on earth.
My hands are God’s hands. My life is Spirit in action. My joyful
service is Heaven’s way of blessing our world. Alleluia! Amen.
Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins