These are words from John the Baptist that always stick with me during this time of year. “I baptize you with water…but he will baptize with the Holy Spirit.” How radical is that? But I think it also shows two sides of a coin. The human side and God’s side. We can only do so much as humans, or as the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water but you cannot force it to drink. We can lead people to water, we can say all the right things, we can speak the Word, but I think only the Spirit can get it to stick. It is something I have had to learn in a short time as pastor, I need to let the Spirit do its work. I can do nothing without the Spirit. And Jesus and the Holy Spirit are indeed more powerful than I or any of us are. To me that is a relief. So, this Advent season, maybe instead of thinking what is it I must do, maybe we do like the hymn suggests and ask God to come now to make us one body and to work in each of us. Ask God to come in and open our hearts, eyes and minds to what it is God is calling us to do daily. Come Holy Spirit Come. Come Jesus and baptize us with your Spirit, for that is more powerful than anything we can imagine here on earth.
Dear God, this advent season we continue to wait. But as we wait, help us to remember that your Spirit and your Son have already come and are at work in our lives daily. Thank you for being more powerful than any of us can ever be, or ever imagine. Amen.
Pastor Zech Anderson
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Forest City