Wednesday, June 9, 2010


in worship, the candles didn't stay lit
candles we lit to recognize our prayers
kept going out

the sanctuary, without air conditioning, was hot
the breeze from the fans,
open windows and doors,
was welcome on our faces, on our arms
cooling our skin just a bit

but the same breeze
disturbed the candles of our prayers

Holy Spirit, in scripture
is wind, and is fire

is Holy Spirit, in our worship,
the rush of wind blowing through our midst
or tongues of flame giving us words
to communicate grace and compassion?

in worship, the candles didn't stay lit
but we weren't quite so miserable

is Holy Spirit bringing comfort,
or disturbing our life?

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