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Four Pentecost Winds

Four Pentecost Winds

Four Pentecost Winds


Still and burnished as a mirror,

Until the Holy Breath breathed words 

Over the unformed void

Stirring it up, 

Singing to it like a mother to her child:

Earth brought forth from her slumber

Hallowed and cherished and tumbled

By that divine Spirit, restless in creativity.

An ark,

Adrift after an eternity of rain,

Buffeted by the waves

That once again were driven and formed 

By the Wind of God into subsidence, until

Bumping ashore on a high hill

To begin again.

A prophet

Feels the mountains shake and nearly split

At the press of that same gale,

But now

Lays down his mantle

And jumps astride that zephyr

As it carries him from the bonds of earth.


Of the faithful

Locked behind doors

Cannot withstand that Spirit 

When She lights upon crown and brow,

Set minds aflame like wildfire through dry sage.

That same Spirit

Split the heavens at His baptism

Split the Temple curtain at His death,

Stirred and soothed the grasses

Where his pierced feet pass at His rising.

Break open the turbulent hearts

From the men and women who still are willing

To let the Spirit fill them like a sail

And carry them out rejoicing, 

Four Strong Winds 

of God

God is still speaking new life

Into goodness and blessing

Stirring the waters of baptism

Revealing among us a new Creation

If we consent to be filled.

Fill us and renew us 

Knit together as one

In Love’s Name,

O Spirit of the Living God.

The Rev. Leslie Scoopmire is a writer, musician, and a priest in the Diocese of Missouri. She is rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Ellisville, MO.  She posts daily prayers, meditations, and sermons at her blog Abiding In Hope, and collects spiritual writings and images at Poems, Psalms, and Prayers.


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