Our family celebrates two birthdays this weekend. The anniversary of our daughter, Christa’s, birth was Sept. 19, and her son, Alex, turned 17 on Sept. 20. To save on birthday expenses, we often combine family celebrations when dates are close together into a single event. Until the meals we ordered arrive, gifts brought for those honored will be opened so all can see.
Last week I mentioned that Pentecost is “the day the Church was birthed into existence.” In Ephesians 4:3-8, 11-13, the apostle Paul metaphorically views the work of the Holy Spirit as a birthday celebration for Christ’s Church. That text identifies “one body and one Spirit, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. In that connection, Christ apportioned grace (when) … He ascended on high, took many captives and gave gifts to his people” (verses 3-8).
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