Only a small leap of imagination reveals parallels between people’s COVID19-induced, month-long lockdown today and that of Jesus’ followers some 50 days after his triumphal ride, his Passion, and his Resurrection. In Acts Chapter 2, Jesus’ followers are holed up inside a house, fearful about the future. Into that experience of isolation and anxiety comes God’s Holy Spirit, rushing in, firing up the believers, and igniting a movement that would change the world.
Pentecost is . . .
A Story to Tell: Read the Pentecost story from scripture. Consider when and how have you been inspired to live more boldly? Share this with friends and family, or with your church family on Facebook or email it to Nancy Tatnall here to share.
A Story of Wind: Remember that Pentecost is a time to experience ruach, God’s breath, God’s wind flowing through our lives. Go out onto your balconies or porches to blow bubbles and watch them fly. Be witnesses to the good news by filling your window-boxes or front yards with pinwheels. Click here for instructions to make your own pinwheel; or click here to make a wind sock, instead.
A Story of Fire: Remember that Pentecost is a time to experience illuminating fire. Read the biblical story by firelight, whether that light comes from a single candle, a living room hearth, or a backyard bonfire. Stay seated around that flame to consider how you can each provide light and hope to others during the dark days of this pandemic.
Pentecost was, and is, a day for bold resolve and defiant joy in the face of darkness and despair. It seems like the perfect day for all believers to boldly do what is usually reserved for children only…go outside and engage in joyful play with a pinwheel!
Adapted from From Palms to Pinwheels, written by Dr. Grace Yeuell, and printed in the Advocate, Association of Presbyterian Church Educators.
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