The Early Bird

Psalm 46: 8 – 11
Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields[a] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress

The early bird catches the worm they say but some also say ‘It’s the worms own fault for getting up so early’.
A few years ago our son Craig was coming home from Canada for a visit, of course anxious to meet up with him again we were only too glad to get up at the crack of sparrow croak to drive to Glasgow airport and meet him off his flight due to arrive at 7am. A very early start to get up dressed and out the door for the two hour drive to the airport, so we did not have time to waste turning on computers to check emails etc. – plenty of time for that when we returned. Somewhere around Hamilton Sheila decided to look at her phone and there was a text from Craig presumably to tell us he was on the flight and with a bit of luck a more accurate ETA. Half asleep she opened the message and shot wide awake as she read “Sorry got the date wrong my flight is tomorrow. See you then”.
I remembered this story last night when I was in bed turning over what I might use as a theme for post Pentecost week, and now I am sure you are ahead of me for this- not the week after Pentecost, this is the week before Pentecost. Oooops! I blame the Lockdown, well that and a fair measure of stupidity on my part!
My profound apologies to those of you who watched the video yesterday thinking, “Is he right?” Of course he was not!
When I was an Elder I was going to be on holiday the week before Communion so I distributed the Cards for my District a week early. No problem except one gentleman who took me to task in the Bowling Club one night because due to me he had gone to Church a week early and had to go two weeks running!
The Spirit came on Pentecost not just for the Day of Pentecost but for all time to be with us, a guide and help to us. Through we him we can see what the Lord has done, so this indeed the day that the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Lord God, our loving Father, you came to us in a fiery bush, in an Inn’s stable and in an upper room. Whenever and however you come to us may we always be ready to receive you, for we know you will always receive us.
In your Mercy hear our prayer,