Holy Spirit, Wild Wind,
on this day of Pentecost
we are gathered.
We are alternately
full of fire and fizzling,
courageous and tentative,
gifted by dreams and haunted by worries.
In other words,
this holy day finds us to be
still wholly human.
Will you fill us up?
Will you awe our hearts
so that we too might understand
your word & work of power in the world?
Will you declare the assurance
that our souls long to hear,
the peace that all your children need,
the renewal that is creation’s hope?
Let it be so,
and we who aspire to be fire
would settle for being your kindling
in this world that needs love.
Let it be so,
and we who dream of flying
would settle for bending in your breeze
like flowers dancing their praises
in a world that needs whimsy.
We ask in wonder.
We pray in astonishment.
We wait for heaven to come among us
like a rush of roaring wind, like a flame
that ignites without ceasing.
Rachel G. Hackenberg‘s book with co-author Martha Spong, Denial Is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), searches for faith through life’s trials. Rachel has also written Writing to God and Sacred Pause.
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