Last week, Sara and I resumed our Sunday morning check-in’s (7amET/noon for her). and now it’s light enough that Marc takes his walk while I talk and that means I get to run to the lake (and back) by myself after I talk to Sara. In Time Before, Marc played golf on Sundays (most days) and church commitments usually meant solo walks/runs for me. Now, seeing the lake early on a Sunday morning, a not-so-easy-as-it-used-to-be mile and a half from home … is Sabbath Time for me. I carry my phone only to take this photo. The rhythm of the run, feeling my feet hitting the pavement, and my attempts to steady the breaths free my heart for prayer.
When I posted on Thursday I promised a OLW update before the month ended. and then things caught fire. literally. the post I had planned seemed a bit tone deaf. I’ve already written about how this word seems pre-printed for dealing with a pandemic. AND I know it has lessons for these past few days. Y’all we are having to hold space for so many things. and. and. and.
and sometimes we just can’t. and sometimes it’s just too hard. and sometimes all we want to do is go up to someone we love(who is grieving) and give them a hug. and…
I got home from my run, cooled down a bit, and watched church. For Christians, today we celebrate Pentecost. We mark the beginning of the Church, where the Holy Spirit moves and miracles happen. So I’m going to save what I had planned to share, and instead share the closing words from our pastor’s sermon.
The Hebrew word for breath is Ruach. It’s the same word that the Hebrew language uses for spirit, or even wind. On Pentecost, what you and I recall is that the wind that blew over the watery chaos of creation and the breath that filled Adam’s nostrils when he came to life is the same spirit that descends from Heaven and calls God’s beloved community into being and into action. We have a dream. It is a dream of a world animated by respect, desiring dignity, equality, kindness, humility, and harmony. We dream of a beloved community, a community to which we belong and in which we see and honor one another’s difference and humanity. Ours is a God-given vision of a kingdom, a reign, a community of God come to Earth finally and fully, such that God’s beloved children have a good and a safe place to live, to be, and to breathe. Amen.