Greetings from the Moderator JUNE/JULY 2019
Power for Living
Growing up, I liked to watch the Six Million Dollar Man, the Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk -- television shows about superheroes and superheroines who possessed extraordinary power. I equally enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, movies based on the DC and Marvel comics. All portray characters that possess special power and ability to do great things for the good of humanity.
Wonder Woman and her lasso of truth; Spiderman and his web-shooters; Thor and his hammer; Ironman and his suit; each have special tools that aid in their mission to meet justice in society. Superman, the earliest of these characters, has been described as one who is “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” His superhuman strength allowed him to lift cars over his head, run at amazing speeds, and leap high into the air. Those familiar with the storyline know that Clark Kent is the secret identity of Superman, who derives of his power and strength from his Kryptonian heritage, allowing him to do things beyond the capacity of mere human beings.
While we may not be the beneficiaries of a Kryptonian heritage, people of faith are the heirs of a spiritual heritage that imbues us with the power to accomplish and do great things for the good of humanity and the glory of God’s name. We may not be able to leap over tall buildings or stop speeding bullets, but through the power of the Holy Spirit we can reach the unreachable and do the unthinkable. We may not be able to lift parked cars or run at amazing speeds, but, through the power of the Spirit, we are able to lift bowed down heads and cause movement in people’s feet with words and actions that encourage and inspire as we share the message of God’s amazing love.
The tools of witness, Word, prayer, and the power that we receive from the Holy Spirit, equips us to do what we cannot do on our own. God blesses us and endows us with the Holy Spirit’s power so that we might be a blessing to others: to the child who is hungry; to the girl with low self-esteem; to the boy who craves attention; to the woman who wants to be loved; to the man who needs to know his value; to the parents struggling to provide for and protect their children; to the people who experience racism and oppression of every kind. God gives us differing gifts and various abilities that serve to bless and to help others know and experience the love of God and to receive the help that they so desperately need.
In this season of Pentecost, may we be reminded of the power and strength that is ours as we seek to serve and carry out God’s mission with the hope of making a difference in the world.
Rev. Erika Rembert Smith