06/04/17 - "Coming Alongside" - Pentecost Sunday
        Most of us who have had the privilege of being a parent almost instinctively want to protect our children from things we know may hurt them.  We want our children to believe that we will swoop in and save them from whatever ails them, and swiftly remove them from danger or trouble.  And what’s more, the truth is that this is precisely what we want to do for them.  And, as it turns out, that is what we want God to do for us.  Extinguish all fear and danger, and remove us from anything harmful and utterly heal all harm.
            What God has promised however, is a spirit who will and who does, come alongside of us, as we live out our lives, helping us to manage and live through the danger and the fear and the pain; as well as the joy and happiness and the bliss!
 On this Pentecost Sunday, we welcome the Holy Spirit, who comes alongside us, to be our Advocate as go.  
 ~Pr. Luther