I believe that gift is available for you and me. That small room where the followers gathered was a symbol of the whole of humanity. It is crushing to think of the atrocities and inhumanity suffered by so many millions; - Syria and Sudan and Afghanistan just to begin the list. It would be almost impossible for those who are in these dire and inhumane situations to think that the Holy Spirit - the helper and comforter that breathes new life and possibility into all things, is there for them. But many do and they cling to life because of it and they trust that the future will be different for their children and that somehow this won’t last forever or for the rest of their life. They trust help will come. They keep believing that the helper and comforter exists in others too. We are called to open our hearts to those around us and find ways to serve more, give more, and think more of others. We can help each other do this. For me being at church helps me in this. It does not make me better than anyone else but at church I am not there for my expertise or my job or my education or status (these day there isn’t any of that) but I can intentionally choose to be in touch with the love of God by gathering with others - in community. It is so good to be with children, adults, different cultures and different ways of believing; to sing with them, drink coffee and pray and hear the Bible being read. It is such a stream of giving and receiving at the same time.