When my niece Lucy lost her tooth a few years ago, she tucked it under her pillow with a note that said, “Dear Tooth Fairy, can I please have some fairy dust?” Apparently, a silver dollar wasn’t going to cut it this time. The next day she came down to breakfast clutching a note and exclaimed, “This is the proof I’ve been waiting for!” Along with a silver dollar was a note under her pillow that read, “Dear Lucy, thank you for the note! I left you some fairy dust, but it is so small it can’t be seen by the human eye. I hope you enjoy it, even if you can’t see it! Keep up the good brushing!” Indeed, the proof she had been waiting for was….not able to be seen. Oh, to have the faith of a child…
We have always been skeptical people. And for good reason! Checking multiple sources and verifying credibility is important, but when it comes to our faith, we must allow mystery. On Pentecost Sunday, the disciples encounter another one of these mysteries of faith—something that couldn’t be seen—the descent of the Holy Spirit. Transformed into fire and wind, this third piece of the Trinity marks the beginning of the Christian church’s mission in the world. Armed with the Holy Spirit, we are called to be people of faith, people of joyful hope, people who believe in what we cannot see, people who tell stories of God’s love in our life. We are, in fact, chosen to be the living, working, breathing “proof” of God in a broken and desperate world.
The Psalmist cries out, “Lord, send out your spirit, and renew the face of the earth.” Where does our world need renewal? Who among us needs to know they are loved? We are the proof of Pentecost—we are the proof the world has been waiting for.
- Where does our world need renewal? Who among us needs to know they are loved?
- How can you live into being “proof” of God in a broken and desperate world?
Allison Loecke lives in Chicago with a revolving door of foster cats. She is a self-described super aunt, party planner, aspiring tap dancer, and proud member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church. She is regional director with Ignatian Spirituality Project, which offers spiritual accompaniment to people in recovery from addiction and homelessness.