By Rev. Lori Ethridge
Minister to Senior Adults
I have been asked to be a guest teacher in several different Sunday school classes over the last year. In one of the lessons I teach on the Holy Spirit, I use a deck of Story Cards which is a collection of some forty images on 4×4 card stock. I instruct the class members to select one of the
images which represents the Holy Spirit to them.
After everyone has made a selection, I generally ask why that particular image depicts the characteristics of the Holy Spirit. The photos are random; some are scenes from nature, others are of urban landscapes. Still others are images of hot air balloons, of sign posts, of playgrounds and of people in various scenarios.
Invariably someone will choose the photo of an old man holding a newborn, and say something about the
continuity of life, or about the sustaining and the life-giving attributes of the Holy Spirit.
When I saw this photo of Gertrude Taylor, our congregation’s oldest
member, holding Webb Gilland, our congregation’s youngest member, I was reminded of Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost, when he references the passage in Joel 2:28 saying, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams; your young men will see visions.” I wonder just what Mrs. Gertrude, at 105 years young, was dreaming of when she held little Webb, barely a month old. And, I
wonder what visions that tiny child will come to experience as he grows up in this community of faith. What a blessing that through the Holy Spirit, we can celebrate life at any age, and look forward, with joy, to what the Lord has in store for all those who believe. May the LORD bless you and keep you, no matter your age!