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Pentecost - Going Where the Spirit Blows
February 17th, 2007
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Pentecost
I've been thinking, lately,
about Pentecost:
the tower of Babel,
going into exile,
confusion,
refreshment,
loss.

How odd it seems
That xians don't actually
seem to believe in
speaking with tongues,
as though it's not really useful,
not really beautiful -
it's too divisive, too arrogant, too incomprehensible.

But sometimes I wonder:
are we afraid of the Holy Spirit?
Are we afraid that really,
we're just drunk,
and it's only nine o'clock in the morning?
We would rather not mess
with something so messy, really...

going our own way, striving to do ministry.
But tongues say,
Change is coming, change is here,
Good News!
And the Spirit,
in her gift of tongues,
reminds us of the Promise:
that fire is a gift,
not something
we have to steal from the gods.

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From:mrinitialman
Date:February 24th, 2007 07:08 am (UTC)
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I dunno. I've never felt right taking the fire; it's why I've spent so much time in the dark and alone.
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From:spiritboi
Date:March 8th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
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If the fire is a gift, my friend, on some level we humans that have trouble believing we're loved and free just need to get over ourselves and accept the warmth and new power that fire brings. We always are changed permanently by fire, too - scarred for life, maybe; and that's what we're afraid of.

I still hope that you'll always have a flame for your own head! :D
From:missmeehan
Date:March 29th, 2007 11:08 am (UTC)
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Not quite sure who you are and why you friended me, especially in light of what you've written about Pentacost and tongues, although a few years ago, I might have found what you've written interesting.
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From:spiritboi
Date:March 29th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)

Hi.

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Suppose I should've said hi, or something? Sorry about that. I guess you could say I'm a really odd duck. I'm a gay, polyamourous, "bad Evangelical" follower of Jesus. :) I love boys, I love slash, and I don't think God has a problem with that on principle. Ergo, when I looked for 4400 slash, you are one of the major names that came up. :)

Hope my post didn't offend; I'm not a "Jesus or you burn" kind of person, but faith and thinking about it tends to take up a lot of storage space and RAM in my interior life. And boys. And writing. ;)
From:missmeehan
Date:March 29th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)

Re: Hi.

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Hi,

I used to be a believer, sunday school teacher etc. Not really angry with God, just those who represent him so poorly. Found it interesting that you are gay and believe. I write gay porn and have my moments of faith. Never had a problem with either. Just had a problem with others who have a problem with it. Won't bore you with my story in your journal. May someday tell my story in my own. Thanks for friending me. As for major name in 4400 slash, that's scary.
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