Sunday, May 27, 2007


How shall we celebrate this day,
This day called Pentecost;
With props and pageants
And trinkets and trivia?

How shall we celebrate this day
On which the Holy Spirit was
Poured out upon the Church;
The Comforter has come?

Shall we look back to the past
Longing to have experienced its wonders?
Shall we look forward to tomorrow
Praying to reproduce its manifestations?

Shall we sing ourselves into a frenzy
And call our delirium Spirit baptism?
Shall we preach the doctrine of the
Holy Spirit until we think more orthodoxly.

How shall we celebrate this day
On which the Spirit of truth came?
Let us celebrate with open hearts,
With God-hungry and yielded lives.

Let us celebrate with expectation of
The unexpected and surprising grace
Which challenges our choices
And turns our world upside down.

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