Pentecost

Muse of Fire

‘O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention’

– William Shakespeare, Henry V Act I Scene I

‘When the day of Pentecost came,
they were all together in one place.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven
and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire
that separated and came to rest on each of them.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.’

– Acts 2:1-4

Breath of Fire

written in response to a dVerse Poets Pub challenge – to write a Quadrille – 44 words – articulating a ‘breeze’

With a sudden sound
Like the baritone of an irrepressible wind
The persistent sigh of a perpetual breeze
God sang and His breath filled the place
Gifts of fire separated and came to rest
Unifying power and a unifying language
Spoken in ultimate love

– inspired by Acts 2:1-6

Spirit Rain Down

Spirit come rain down
With tongues of fire and lightning
Turn our eyes to God

written in response to this week’s RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #96 – “Lightning & Rain”

Joel 2:28-32

‘And afterwards,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
whom the Lord calls.’

Thy Kingdom Come

Spiritual scales fall
From my mind’s eyes
Revealing God’s truth
Sparking my imagination

Divine inspiration
Transcendent dreams
Messenger missives
Heavenly visions

Lord, thy kingdom come

written following the Daily Post’s daily prompt for today, and inspired by the Church of England’s ‘thy kingdom come’ call to prayer leading up to Pentecost

Pentecost – Acts 2:14-21

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven,
raised his voice and addressed the crowd:
‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem,
let me explain this to you;
listen carefully to what I say.
These people are not drunk, as you suppose.
It’s only nine in the morning!
No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
‘“In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

– Acts 2:14-21

Come Holy Spirit