Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the church year.
“Firestarter” introduces the Sixth Week in Pentecost.
A block of burnable bits, pressed tight, lodged among logs,
willing to burn and disappear, as long as logs linger with fire.
Clear the space of the hearth of the heart.
Allow your breathing to become quiet, deep, regular, rhythmic—
each exhale as a sacred sigh that sweeps the self
of all the ashes of yesterday’s pain, of any concern other than
the one that is about to happen: you becoming the Word.
The minute’s meditation presenting the Word is meant
to further the mellowing of the heart, moving it to readiness
to receive the fire of the Spirit to burn on,
just as the bush that lit and warmed the heart of father Moses forever.