During the Pentecost, the apostles experienced a strong wind before the Holy Spirit decent upon them. Likewise, SFC Loreto experienced the same last July 9, 2016 as they literally had to go through a storm just to push through with the highlight of the whole Christian Life Program – the Baptism.
More than 50 brave souls, 22 of which are the participants to be baptized, conquered not just the actual storm but the storm from within that hinders them from attending the said activity.
It is not an easy task. Most of us usually feel unworthy to receive any gift from God. But today, we are reminded that the grace of God does not require us to be great. What it really asks of us is to be humble. Humble enough to acknowledge our mistakes. Humble enough to repent for our sins. For SFC is not a community of Saints but a hospital for sinners.
The speaker, Bro. Raffy Pastrana, led a very powerful worship were everyone witnessed the real power of the Holy Spirit. During the exhortation, he said, “Ang ordinaryong microphone kapag ipinagamit mo kay Frank Sinatra, nagiging magical. Ang ordinaryong bola kapag ipinagamit mo kay Kobe Bryant, nagiging amazing. Ang ordinaryong buhay kapag ipinagamit mo sa Diyos, nagiging makapangyarihan!”
However, he warned that the Holy Spirit will not fix everything in our lives. He said, “kung nakabasag ka ng baso bago ka umalis ng bahay kanina, pagbalik mo, basag pa rin ‘yun.”
Yes, the power of the Holy Spirit will not settle all our problems, but it gives us the courage to face them and to do everything that we can to remedy the situation. To fix what we can and accept what we can’t. And most importantly, to keep moving forward.