This weekend many congregations will celebrate Pentecost. We will talk about God’s power to break down dividing walls, build bridges over chasms that separate us, and make connections between people who can’t imagine themselves connected. Several of our blog writers have been thinking about separation and connection in their posts this week.
“This year, our local Pride Palooza will feature (among other things such as food, trucks, craft vendors, a kids’ area, and a drag show) a table where attendees can get ‘Mom-hugs.’ Because, if you’re gay, or bi, or trans, or queer, it’s not a given that your own mom wants to hug you any more.” Patricia Raube’s strong words (“Pride in the Face of Death” in her blog A Swimmer in the Fount) paint a vivid picture of Pride festival participants and the people who hate them.
The starting point of connection is seeing another. After watching the Netflix series “When They See Us,” Delesslyn Kennebrew shares this experience: “As the credits rolled, I wanted to immediately post on Facebook my thoughts or at least the hashtag #WhenTheySeeUs to let someone know that I watched it… I found a black background. I typed ‘#WhenTheySeeUs…’ And for everything I was feeling, I could not go any further.” She continues her reflection in her post “When They See Us – Response to Netflix Feature” on her Salvation and Stilettos blog.
Sometimes our connections are between very specific individuals and are anything but clear-cut. “Note to my spouse & children: yes this is dangerous but she had fun hair. And the crying.” says Jan Edmiston in an aside to her post “Because Nakia Lied to Me” in her blog A Church for Starving Artists.
Michelle Torigian, in her self-named blog, shares “A Prayer for Youth Fearing Summer Break.” We may not see them, or we may think we don’t see them, but they are in our communities and in our churches; and we are connected to them. “What we forget is our youths’ dread and concern of extra spending time at home during summer break- houses empty of food and filled with stress and violence.”
Sometimes our attempts at connection act like a boomerang and come right back to us, opening walls we have built in our own hearts. Liz Crumlish is thinking about “The Temerity of God” in her blog Journalling. “I can’t help smiling at the temerity of God, who never lets us off the hook but who will always find a way in, a way to breach whatever armour we have embraced. As the saying goes: ‘Be careful what you wish for!’”
At the conclusion of our Pentecost worship, we will be sent out to make connections. Susannah DeBenedetto offers a benediction as we go on our way (A Pentecost Benediction from her blog Tea and Theology). “Go out into God’s world filled with the spark of the Holy Spirit. Let love guide your actions. Listen for the Spirit of Truth. Spread the peace of Christ and remind everyone you meet that each one is a beloved child of God. Amen.”
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Barbara Bruneau is a retired Lutheran pastor, living in southeastern Minnesota. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An Explosion of Texture and Color.
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