The first “Bible People” celebrated the Jewish holy day of Pentecost 50 days after the second day of Passover to commemorate the giving of The Law or Torah (first five books of the Bible) to Moses. Centuries later, many people from many places came to Jerusalem for that initial purpose, and while they were assembled, God gave the Holy Spirit to everyone there.
After that momentous occasion, Christians began celebrating Pentecost 50 days after Easter, so dates vary, but this year both Pentecostal purposes come together by sun-down on Sunday May 27, 2012.
What a perfect time to pray! Indeed throughout this Pentecostal season, let’s agree to ask God to bless all Bible Peoples with a deeper love for the Word, infilling power of the Holy Spirit, and outpouring of God’s love – on us and onto others, whoever or wherever they may be.
Before a forgiving fog
around the shoulders
and curved elbows
of the hills,
browned but greening
into a tapestry
of flame point
on the water.
© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. This poem first saw print in the former journal Explorer.