In our Episcopal faith tradition, we have entered into Pentecost. Sunday was our celebration. We remember the coming of the Holy Spirit, whose symbols are flames or tongues of fire, rushing wind, and descending doves.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus said there were so many more things we needed to hear and to learn, but “you cannot bear them now.” (John 16:12) The Holy Spirit was sent to us so we could keep learning and hopefully hear those things we could not bear Jesus to tell us. In other words, God is still working and speaking in our world and we feel this through the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is at work at St. Agnes’ House, helping us hear about the reality of life, especially in Eastern Kentucky. The very issues that cause despair and challenging lives cross our threshhold. There is poverty so deep that some people arrive with no vehicle or with poorly maintained vehicles or even on long bus rides. Babies are born early because of parents’ drug abuse and their parents in an opiate withdrawal program have limited options for nearby lodging.
For 40 years, St. Agnes’ House’s supporters like you have provided not only safe, beautiful, clean lodging, but also a chapel that is always open, prayer services, caring conversations, a listening ear, and a circle of prayer surrounding the ministry. Somehow, you’ve added your donations to the donations of others and the funds and money have come.
This care and love is the wind and flame of the Holy Spirit made real.
Enjoy my view from the porch!