Thursday, May 24, 2007

Pentecost – C3

Pentecost – C3

Years C
Romans 8:14-17 or Acts 2:1-21

A bowed head can indicate either prayer or fear. Either way, Lift up your head!

Hopefully our prayers can deal with our fears and we do not remain with bowed heads. We can talk about the dynamics needed to move beyond fear and to move forward in prayer in many different ways. Sometimes it is helpful to visualize this head-raising.

Here is an exercise from one of the listserves I monitor regarding the lectionary to see what can happen when we are honored to be connected with G*D and Neighbor: "A few years ago I made a "Pentecost Person"--a small salad-dressing bottle with a balloon over the opening, and vinegar in the bottle, and baking soda in the balloon, so that when I lifted up his head, the baking soda fell into the vinegar, there was a chemical reaction and it filled his head, so he was no longer despondent, but full of purpose (the Spirit) [honor]. I had drawn a face on the balloon before installing it; I put a 'robe' of white paper on her, even had a little red ribbon like a stole over her shoulders, and it was cute and effective. I can't remember how much baking soda in proportion to the vinegar--perhaps someone can help out here--but it sure made a good children's story."

Try it.

= = = = = = =

a heritage back to creation
an anticipation forward to paradise
we find ourselves in good position
honored by both
honorably living both

when in a good position
we can afford good posture
lift up your head
arise fearful one
arise prayerful one

in grace we find connection
backward and forward
move on
in common cause
deeper and wider

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