Sunday, 31 May 2009

pentecost 09

Woke up this morning to the sound of a rushing mighty wind and tongues of flame outside the bedroom window; it’s Pentecost! Turns out the Holy Spirit hadn’t descended on the house but a Virgin hot air balloon had. These balloons are frequent visitors and occasionally one comes down very low over the fields, always a bit risky given the phone lines and power cables.

Anyway, it is Pentecost when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, so here’s another Brueggemann prayer:

To make things new that never were

We name you wind, power, force, and then,
imaginatively, ‘Third Person.’
We name you and you blow…
blow hard,
blow cold,
blow hot,
blow strong,
blow gentle,
blow new…
Blowing the world out of nothing to abundance,
blowing the church out of despair to new life,
blowing little David from shepherd boy to messiah,
blowing to make things new that never were.
So, blow this day, wind,
blow here and there, power,
blow even us, force,
Rush us beyond ourselves,
Rush us beyond our hopes,
Rush us beyond our fears, until we enact your newness in the world.
Come, come Spirit. Amen.

Walter Brueggemann: Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth.


Kathryn said...

Fantastic...You couldn't have engineered it :-)
(thanks too for more Brueggemann)

Anna D said...

Is it completely, tragically sad that at the age of 26 I am probably Brueggeman's biggest fan? Yes, I think it probably is....

Thanks for the pentecost post!