Mon, March 13th

By: Brittany Fiscus-van Rossum

John 3:1-17

Reflection—v. 8, you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from.

After participating in the Women’s March in Atlanta, what Jesus says about the power and work of the spirit struck me in a new way. Jesus says that those born of the spirit are like the wind. You cannot see it, and you don’t know where it’s coming from or where it’s going, but you can hear it. I would add that you can feel it. Before the march, I had been feeling pretty hopeless about a lot of situations. From my perspective, it seemed that the hearts of those living within our country no longer cared about the marginalized, the immigrants, those living on the streets, women, Muslims… I began to feel small, inconsequential, and insufficient for change. Even as I knew it was not true, I began to feel alone in my convictions. Upon arriving at the march that day I realized I was surrounded by hopeful, eager, and inspired people. Where did they all come from? How were there so many of us who cared about these issues? I did not know how it all came together or why as individuals so many people joined together that day in one hopeful voice, but I could hear it, and I could feel it, and I knew that the Spirit was at work.

Prayer God of new birth and new hope, help us to live as those born of the spirit.