art by Gisele Bauche

On the day before You swooped in  – on tongues of fire, wings of breath, cacophony of voices – on that ordinary day-before-The-Day, they conducted business.  A congregational meeting, at which a committee member was duly elected and installed. Of course, the election is just what was recorded in the minutes.

Not recorded? The coins spent to buy flour and oil, the broom with which the floor swept, the stories told to children to keep them out from underfoot, the table laid with holiday best.

Also  unrecorded? A thousand and one other small interactions and errands and chores and prayers required to assure that “when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.” (Acts 2:1)

Today, Holy Spirit, like every Saturday, is the-day-before-The-Day. Today, as on every Saturday, a thousand and one small things must transpire (transpire! from words meaning beyond and breath!) before the hour that is worship tomorrow.

You know the unrecorded as well as the recorded business of this day.  In the midst of our errands and interactions, prayers and chores, help us to remember that you are here too.

Open our eyes to Your flame and Your wind and Your cacophony, Your miracle even on the day-before-The-Day.  Dance above us, Your people, who will be tomorrow, as we are each and every Sunday, all together in one place.

Maranatha!  Amen!


Jennifer Garrison Brownell is interim pastor at First Congregational UCC-Vancouver, Washington, USA.  She is the author of Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught my Breath and she blogs from time to time.  She loves bananas and spends too much time on Facebook. 

You can find more of Gisele Bauche’s beautiful work at her website.


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