Preparing for the promise

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In this Risen Life, we are changed. We are lifted into a new reality while remaining in our bodies and in our lives and circumstances. The resurrection of Jesus opens a new understanding of life. We are changed. New life makes us new. How we live in the world, see the world, and navigate the world is washed with new light, hope, compassion, and grace. Jesus lives. We are changed. We live larger.

As we see Pentecost on the horizon in these remaining days of Easter, we prepare for more divinely sourced change. We know it is coming. The Risen One foretold it. As he led them out to Bethany just before he ascended, Jesus said, “Stay in the city, then, until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). The day is almost here. The promise of new power from on high is soon to be fulfilled.

Change brings more change. When we accept this spiritual truth, the next transformation before us is welcomed, not resisted. The change we have experienced, shapes, assists, and helps us in receiving of the change that is coming. Resurrection prepares us for more divine intervention. Resurrection opens us to more. Death being changed into life dispels fear and finite limitations. “All things are possible are possible for the one who believes” (Mark 9:23).

The Spirit to come, the power to be given from on high, will take us as risen ones into the world. We will be changed, clothed, equipped, and given gifts, language, and power.

Get ready.

Brace yourself.

Remain calm.


Stay where you are.

These are the spiritual practices of the Risen Life during these remaining days of Easter. These will help prepare for the promise to come.

Already changed and making ready for more change to come, we wait, openly hopeful, centered in Christ’s rising blessing. Pentecost preparation.

Veni Sancte Spiritus.

Prayer: Come Holy Spirit and change me yet again. As I welcome and await your power from on high, prepare me with courage, openness, hope, and trust. Ready my heart to be clothed with fire. Amen. Alleluia.

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