Hello my friends!
If you blog yourself with a self-hosted WordPress blog, you know that every update of your distribution is a kind of adventure. Mostly everything runs smoothly and easy, but sometimes it doesn’t. I have problems with the new WordPress 6.0 and the Jetpack plugin. Jetpack updated itself yesterday and I had and have a few problems. I had to uninstall it, and I’m waiting for an enhanced version of it. That means: currently no notifications for you my followers, when a new post is published. No opportunity to like my posts, and in the backend I don’t get WordPress statistics, which are delivered by Jetpack. But easy does it! Look at this wonderful photograph from this morning. The sun rays change even the gray buildings in the front into something special.
Today we are celebrating Pentecost and remember how the disciples of Jesus were filled with the Holy Spirit, who is like fire, after his death and resurrection. We may not experience God’s fire in that intensity like the disciples then today anymore. But the Holy Spirit is as real as he was in ancient times. He guides us through the night and helps us to live as Christians. He is the guarantor that the message of God, who loves us and who is with us, is not forgotten. Even more: God lives in us, what is a great comfort but also a great responsibility, because now we are like Christ ambassadors of God for our contemporaries today. We have to speak against discrimination and injustice, have to give the weak and speechless our voices and love. We have to take a stand on contemporary ethical questions, like the Ukraine War, refugees and social injustices. What stand would Jesus take, if he lived today? I tried to figure that out in my new book about sexuality and Christian faith, which is now available for free on Smashwords. Beside this English version there is a German translation available too.
All the best and Happy Holidays!