Prayer for the day
I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call upon the Name of the LORD.
Scripture for the day
I’m not one who reads too much into symbols. However, in today’s reading we see Noah sending his dove out to see if the water is receded enough and the dove does not return. In Matthew, the dove comes back. I know these aren’t the same dove. I know the Holy Spirit wasn’t captive on the ark catching olive branches. I do, however, see a connection. In the Genesis story, the dove is the sign of salvation. The dove shows Noah that God has done what God said God would do. The dove is the sign of God’s action. In Matthew, the Holy Spirit descends on Jesus “like a dove.” Again, the dove is the sign of salvation. The dove shows John (and others) that God has done (and is doing) what God said God would do. The dove is the sign of God’s action, and favour.
The dove in both stories signifies God’s intervention on earth, and God special care of God’s people. As Christians, we’re reminded by both stories that the Holy Spirit dwells in us as a seal of God’s salvation and a sign of God’s presence. What a beautiful thing to revel in this year.