Joel inspired the people of Israel to lift up their hopes to a coming future, reminding them that it is promised to be good. Peter, in an uncertain moment after Jesus had ascended, did the same, with the same words. When I am inspired, I blame the Holy Spirit. To be “in-spire” is to be in the Spirit. It is to be overcome by the source of wisdom and by wisdom herself. When I am uninspired, I often also blame the Holy Spirit. And that’s maybe not so smart. When I am out of the Spirit, I tend to be in the world, or in my own head, or some place distant from God. Sometimes, when I’m stuck, I will stand up and walk around. Getting the blood flowing helps. But often it is the new angle, and the shifted perspective that reveals a hidden path back to God.
Holy Spirit of breath and inspiration, draw me out from my belief that I can do all things alone. Remind me that I need you. Remind me that I am better off with you. And remind me that you often show up in the presence of your people, gathered in prayer and common purpose. Amen.