Acts 10:44-48

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.


by R. Fergus Moir, Clergy Stuff

I don’t own God. I’d like to think I do. That I have the most astute understanding of who God is and who we humans and all creation are in relationship to God. That everyone should think exactly the way I do about God in order to be “right.” Nope. Sorry. God is bigger than any box anyone tries to put God into. Period. Everyone gets to experience God in her own way, and God’s Holy Spirit is poured out on “even the Gentiles”—the ones who don’t do things exactly the way I do. God calls us into a broad, all-inclusive, all-embracing love beyond our comprehension.

Gracious God, open my heart and mind to reach

out in love and hospitality to all people. Amen.