Today is Pentecost! Happy Feast!
Today’s gospel reading comes from John and begins at 7:37 with “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
At the very end of the gospel reading we read 8:12.
If we follow Him we shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life! Light! When I think of light I think of beauty. I, for one, do not like darkness. In the least! When I was quite young I had at least two incidences that involved terrifying things happening in the darkness.
In the early 70’s we did not have night lights. Mommy would tuck you into bed and turn the light off and shut the door. Pitch black! One night I was tucked in and the door shut and as I lay there, something came out of the darkness and grabbed me!!
My brother had hidden under my bed as a prank! It was absolutely terrifying to this little 5-year-old!
I hate the darkness.
About 7 years later I was visiting my dad for the weekend and we slept down in the basement, in the dark. It was a busy house full of children, teenagers, and dogs. I woke in the night to use the bathroom. I had to make my way upstairs to where the bathroom was. I did not turn any lights on. As I headed back down the stairs to my bed, one of the dogs must have thought I was a burglar and did his job of barking ferociously at me as I headed down the stairs in the pitch black. Needless to say, it took a good hot minute before I could even walk again.
I hate the darkness.
This verse brings me hope and security and reassurance.
It promises me the light of life!
I will follow Jesus!
I love the light. Light is beautiful!
The Light of the world is Jesus.
On Pentecost we do not sing songs of the Resurrection but rather all about the coming of the Holy Spirit. There are, however, two hymns we sing tonight for the first time since Pascha. One of them is a hymn we sing every single Sunday after receiving Holy Communion.
We sing this hymn immediately following communion, receiving the Eucharist. How appropriate! We have seen the true light, we have received the heavenly Spirit. After receiving communion! We really have seen the true Light!
The second is a hymn sung every single day during our morning and evening prayers, if you want to, and it opens almost every service.
I love this hymn because it reminds me every day, several times a day, that He is everywhere present and filling all things. I wrote about this one year ago at Pentecost.
He is everywhere! He is filling creation. He is creation.
The photo quote above with We have Seen the True Light is your free printable today! Your Resurrection Reminder! We have received the Heavenly Spirit! Print it to remind yourself each and every day He is the True Light!
In the Shop
Did you know that I take custom notecard or print requests?
Not just wedding invitations as I spoke about last week, but others.
Just about any photo on this site can be made into a notecard or print.
I have had one custom print request that wasn’t on my site but an IG friend wanted a phase that I used in a comment to her put into a card. That was a fun job to do as well. This is what I made.
It is a blank notecard.
Just yesterday another IG friend mentioned my photo quote I posted she would love as a note card. I will be working on creating a notecard with this photo…
All you have to do is message me and we can create for you too!
I pray you have a beautiful week of Pentecost, my friends!