I'm grateful to share this blessing for Pentecost with you from Pastor Steven Garnaas-Holmes, who graciously agreed to let it be shared on our blog:
Jan Richardson, Fire and Breath
They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
—Acts 2.4Holy Spirit, loosen our tongues and teach usnew languages of love.Help us convey your grace across the divides of language,of culture and race and class and identity.Put the breath of love in our lungs,the words of mercy on our tongues,the song of grace on our lips.Help us give voice to blessingthat is clear in any language.Give us grace to listen to every foreign tongue,respect every foreign story, and honor every foreign soul,for you have sent us to themso they may know their belovedness,and they may reveal to us our own.Spirit of God, breathe in us.Spirit of love, sing in us.Spirit of justice, rise in us to do your will.
Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light, www.unfoldinglight.net