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“What the Fire Gives: A Blessing for Pentecost Day” – By Jan Richardson

May 21, 2015


photo-Jan%20RichardsonWhat the Fire Gives
A Blessing for Pentecost Day
by Jan Richardson
You had thought that fire
only consumed,
only devoured,
only took for itself,
leaving merely ash
and memory
of something
you had thought,
if not permanent,
would be long enough,
enduring enough,
to be nearly
So when you felt
the scorch on your lips,
the searing in your heart,
you could not
at first believe
that flame could be
so generous,
that when it came to you —
you, in your sackcloth
and sorrow —
it did not come
to consume,
to take still more
than everything.
What surprised you most
were not the syllables
that spilled from
your scalded,
astonished mouth —
though that was miracle
to have words
burn through
what had been numb,
to find your tongue
aflame with a language
you did not know
you knew —
no, what came
as greatest gift
was to be so heard
in the place
of your deepest
to be so seen
within the blazing,
to be met
with such completeness
by what the fire



Many thanks to Jan Richardson for the above blessing from her blog “The Painted Prayerbook.”

The image immediately above is of a Saturday evening Candlelight Service at Taizé. Embedded below is a video with the Taizé chant “Holy Spirit Come to Us.” I invite us to join in this prayer to be filled with fire of the Presence of the living God in the deepest depths of our being. 

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