Stepping into the Wind: Pentecost Revisited

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It’s the end of the world as we know it.

The cool thing is, every moment sings that refrain.

I’m thinking now of a name I once saw for a strategic planning committee.

‘Pre-emptive destruction and renewal’.

What an amazing way to say that nothing should be held too closely to one’s breast.

Nothing.

The Buddhist monks painstakingly, with great loving-kindness, make sand mandalas.

And when they are finished with these intricate works of art, destroy them, on purpose, with joy

like a breath of unexpected cooling wind on a blistering day.

How can we, who attempt to be followers of Christ and feel the insistent wind of the Spirit that calls us

Build with this same joyous abandon towards no particular ultimate outcome?

We tend to think linearly. The world was created. We sinned. The world will be destroyed.

Most others around the world, and many of us, secretly, think that maybe we’ve got time all wrong.

Maybe it is only circles. Created. Maintained. Destroyed. Amen. Created, and so on and so forth.

What would an awareness like that do?

Would it make us less evangelical to a way of thinking about the world?

Hegel said that we can see the universe as a 3 act play: thesis, anti-thesis, synthesis.

The synthesis then becomes the thesis, all over again.

What if the thesis is: God is love.

And the anti-thesis is: We don’t really believe it.

And the synthesis is: We believe we stand alone on the precipice of falling into…what?

So, now the new thesis, just born this day, might be: Do we really stand alone on the precipice?

Pentecost is the acknowledgement that the old world has passed, and a new one dawns.

As we mature as a religion, will Christianity be able to see itself as only a blip on the heart-monitor of the universe?

No more, no less.

Christ gently tells us that we have nothing to fear. The Spirit whips us about, assisting to unhinge our stubborn, stinkin-thinkin.

What on earth was Joel referring to?

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.

A new heaven and a new earth.

I’ll have one of those, please. Straight up, no lemon.

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