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In the beginning after the 7 days of creation… God and Adam and Eve walked in the Garden… and then there was that little garden incident with the apple and the snake… and suddenly we human beings were walking the Earth… immortality was lost and human beings began getting into all kinds of trouble… or so the saga of the Old Testament begins.
Do you remember the nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosie:
Ring around the rosy, A pocketful of posies. Ashes, ashes. We all fall down! My mother was a first grade school teacher and really enjoyed teaching that age. So when we came to the beach – to get us to get “all wet” she used to get us in the water and we would sing the rhyme and at the last line it was mandatory to fall down…Get all wet!
When I – born into the moderate affluence of middle class America – think of Bread and Water I think of being deprived: locked in a cell with only Bread and Water. When I – thinking like a child of the first world- when I think of bread and water I think of being deprived – locked in MY room with only bread and water and my phone and my ipad and my TV and my bed and my computer and… Bread and water is the food of captives, criminals, people who are being limited in their existence. Bread and water is the bare minimum to survive.
The Monster Under the Bed – for example –is a problem…
How would you solve it? Meet a 5 year old girl named Megan. Like many children her age for generations Megan was terrified of a monster that lived under her bed. What to do?
Did you know that October 12, 2021 is International Face Your Fears Day? I kid you not. It was founded 14 years ago by a public speaker named Steve Hughes. A blurb through Google told me that there are many on-line sources and books that can help you. I wondered if it mentioned the Bible.
Story about the bus stop and the 3 people in the rain: An elderly lady looking frail, your best friend and the person of your dreams… Only one will fit in the car… Thinking Outside of the box … Like Jesus’ accusation of insanity.
Honestly, I suspect that we’ve heard the story of the wind and the tongues of flame and the dove and the crowds hearing the sermon in their own languages just enough to believe that the promise of Pentecost is deliverance, celebration, victory and strength. The signs of Pentecost, after all, are mighty. And what is the Holy Spirit if it is not God’s own agent – the very Spirit of the resurrected Jesus – now on earth to accompany us with signs of wonder and power.
Ascension Day is one of the few remaining festivals of the Christian Church year that isn’t really being touched by our secular American society. I’m guessing none of you sent or received “Happy Ascension Day” cards in the mail this week or went out for dinner for Ascension Day.