Particular Branches

Today’s Reflection

[THINK] OF THE SCENE at Pentecost with “each person hearing in their own native language” (Acts 2:8, paraphrase). Again and again in Jesus’ encounters, we note specificity. Particular individuals are addressed in their need and in their context. People are not asked to do everything but instead to be members of Christ, the Vine, as particular branches. Amazing power is unleashed when we become fully present to the particularity of calling in our own heart and in the immediate neighborhood of our congregations.

—Dwight H. Judy
A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life

From page 56 of A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life by Dwight H. Judy. Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

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Today’s Scripture

And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
—Acts 2:8, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Come Holy Spirit, come.

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