Advent Word 2018, Day 19 ‘Ablaze 燃燒’

#AdventWord #Ablaze #燃燒

約翰宣讀耶穌將用聖靈與火來施洗的訊息。這些話語激發五旬節如火一般舌頭的意象,當聖靈降臨在耶穌的跟隨者之中,激勵著他們把福音的訊息帶給這世界。什麼會激發你火熱的心?你如何因著基督的福音而被燃燒?你將如何傳遞愛給世界?你受浸的火又在哪裡?

John proclaims the message that Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. These words evoke images of the Pentecostal tongues of fire as the Holy Spirit descends upon the followers of Jesus, inspiring them and sending the gospel message into the world. What sets your heart on fire? How are you ablaze with the good news of Jesus? How are you spreading love in the world? Where is the fire in your baptism?

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Sunrise on Holy Island, taken at the Lindisfarne Priory ruins, with the castle in the background.  In the top left, a distant aeroplane flies overhead.  In the same year that Aidan came to Holy Island to establish his monastery, 635, so the first recorded Christian missionaries reached China.  Those early travelers took the Gospel on foot and on horseback, taking months to travel distances we can now fly to in a matter of hours.  The power of fire, whether in our engines or in our hearts, has changed the world.  Long may it continue.  Set our hearts ablaze today, O Lord, for you!

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