When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. (Acts 2:1-4, NRSV)
This May is the month I become a new mother-in-law…twice. Ever since we brought our first little boy home from the hospital, I have prayed that I might one day be a good mother-in-law. As my husband and I approach the marriages of two of our sons this month, I’m still not sure I know what it means to be a “good” mother-in-law. Maybe it’s more like raising children; you have an idea beforehand of what it means to be a good parent, and you can determine that there will be certain things you will or will not do when you have children of your own. But when the day comes, you realize that in loving and raising children, there are so many things you can’t control, and that while you’ll do your best, it’s going to be a wild ride. One thing I hope I can do is to remember that my daughters-in-law are not there to meet my emotional needs. Their job is to love and support my sons, and my future grandchildren, and my job for the time being will be to love them and support them as they carry out these responsibilities.
One of our sons is getting married on Pentecost Sunday, May 20th. That means I won’t be with you for one of the most celebratory Sundays of the year. Mr. David Frost will be your preacher and worship leader that day. David has been to Hebron before, and is looking forward to being with you again on Pentecost Sunday. David will have just graduated from Union Presbyterian Seminary the day before, on the 19th. He’s in the process of seeking his first call to a church, so you can pray for him and wish him well when you see him on May 20th.
Another of our sons is getting married on May 5th, in Georgia, so that means I won’t be with you on Sunday, May 6th. The Rev. Clay Macaulay, who preached for my installation service at Hebron, will be your preacher and worship leader that day. Clay is now Director of Alumni Development for Union Presbyterian Seminary, after pastoring several churches, and is a personal friend of mine. I hope you’ll enjoy having Clay with you on the 6th, and his wife, Pam, if she’s able to come.
So, back to Pentecost Sunday; there are two things I invite you to do on May 20th. One is to wear “the colors of flame;” red, yellow, orange, or some combination thereof, so that our sanctuary at Hebron might be alight with the colors of Pentecost. The other is to come having read and pondered the first two chapters of the Book of Acts, and what implications there may be for the work and witness of Hebron Presbyterian Church.
Many blessings to you on your journey of Christian faith.