26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) 27So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ 30So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ 31He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him.
Reflection by Lynne Buell
The capability of the Holy Spirit never ceases to amaze me. The first time I was aware of its power is when I was guided to Pilgrimage UCC via a chair in my hairdresser, Patrick’s (and cousin by marriage) salon. Most of you have heard this story, and it will forever be ‘The’ occurrence that changed my whole life for the better.
When we have faith in God, our relationships with others are strengthened. Love being the foundation, conveys security, loyalty, comfort, affection, enjoyment, and pleasure for us— cherished connectedness—something we all need as human beings. So, it isn’t by chance that these two individuals met, and it’s positive evidence of our Still Speaking God—in Biblical times and in present-day.
Loving God, thank you for your love and guidance. Help us to reform when we fall behind and continue spreading the good news daily through our positive actions. Amen.