May 31, 2012 Pentecost – the fourth day

We believe that the words of faith – the words of many peoples in many languages —  speak on, not just on the festival day but on all the days that we journey together. So we share these words. Some of them have come from the book Gifts in Open Hands: More Worship Resources for the Global Community (ed Tirabassi and Eddy, The Pilgrim Press, 2011) and some are new prayers, liturgical resources and poems written by some of the one hundred and forty-seven contributors representing forty-three countries who are included in this anthology.

 Whether we share words of faith, moments of understanding or a bed for the night, we are offering hospitality.

You’ll Sleep Here

“Let not your heart be troubled.  You believe in God….”John 14:1

“You’ll sleep here tonight,” she said,
as rain drummed on the iron roof
and wind shook the loose-set panes.
Water spilled from the rusted eaves
and overflowed the drum beneath.
The village slopes turned slick with mud,
paths became creeks, lanes were streams,
and the only road to town
was two feet under water:
I knew, from wading in it.

“You’ll sleep here,” my hostess smiled.
“I’d rather not,” said I.
“The storm seems localized;
in the city it may be dry.
My wife will worry if I don’t come home.”
“Worry?  Why?  She’s a Christian.
She believes in God, who cares for you.”
Humbled, I was still.

Allen Myrick, A conversation in Zimbabwe

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