Something I’ve always enjoyed watching in the circus, but afraid to do myself, is jump on a trampoline. As a kid, I settled for just jumping on the bed! Why do we like a trampoline? For me, it’s because of the bounce; the dropping down means the upward rise.
I’m reminded of a trampoline when I read the prophet Joel. He is full of energy. It’s like the Word of God has gotten to him so much that he bounces high with words of warning, and also words of comfort.
Hundreds of years later, Peter would turn to this prophet for his very first sermon on the Day of Pentecost. You’ll find his sermon in Acts 2:1-21. What a promise: that the out-poured Spirit of God will enter into all people—young and old, men and women, servants and everyone else…and you too!
When God’s Spirit enters, it’s like the going down on a trampoline, soon to be released upward with the joy and energy that the Spirit brings. Spend some time letting the Holy Spirit go way inside you, so that you can jump for joy at the loving presence of God.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
This is the Ninth Week in Epiphany (First Week in Pentecost transferred)
Winter in the north. Year C
Mondays are dedicated to the prophets
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…