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The Holy Spirit is ever present.

The Spirit walks on either side of us, supports us from behind, lightens our load underneath, and blazes the journey ahead.

This week, remember the presence of God’s Spirit as we celebrate Pentecost — the birthday of the Church.

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Let the Lord’s glory last forever! Let the Lord rejoice in all he has made! He has only to look at the earth, and it shakes. God just touches the mountains, and they erupt in smoke.

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I’m still alive. Let my praise be pleasing to him; I’m rejoicing in the Lord! But let my whole being bless the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Psalm 104:31-34, 35b

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We began this week’s devotional journey to Pentecost by affirming the movement of God’s Spirit through creation, the song of praise and worship to God. As we continued our journey we were reminded of finding our spiritual strength through God’s Spirit and our willingness to be breathed upon to fulfill the radical vision of God’s kingdom. For the past three days on d365, we have reflected on the importance of the Pentecost experience (the breaking in of the Spirit) and its significance to us and to our churches.

Today in congregations around the world, Pentecost, the birth of the Church, will be celebrated in worship. It is also significant that many congregations will celebrate Eucharist or the Lord's Supper, giving affirmation and witness to God as the source and giver of life.

If we are vigilant and faithful, if we are willing to see with our eyes and listen with our ears and hearts, we will indeed find God’s Spirit at the center of our lives as well as our communities of faith. Thanks be to God!

Tom Baynham

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God of creation, God of wisdom, God of presence, and God of faithfulness, I give thanks for the presence of your Spirit during my journey. I ask that you continue to stir my heart and mind through the same Spirit that gives life and being. Amen.

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Holy Spirit, living breath of God,
Breathe new life into my willing soul.

Give me passion for your purity;
Holy Spirit, breathe new life in me.

from “Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God” by Getty and Townend, 2005

Tom Baynham

Tom Baynham is a native of Richmond, Virginia, a graduate of the Boston University School of Theology and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Tom currently serves as Minister of Music at Ginter Park Baptist Church in Richmond. When he is not singing or directing, Tom enjoys reading political novels and watching baseball and the Dallas Cowboys. Tom is the proud father of two adult children: his son Daniel, a social sports coordinator, and his daughter Lindsey, an ordained Elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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