The holy fire

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         Then the fire of the Holy One fell
         and consumed the burnt offering,
         the wood, the stones, and the dust,
         and even licked up the water that was in the trench.

                  —1 Kings 18.38

The prophets of fertility and satisfaction cry
from the pop up ads and the sports channels,
the campaign trails and the tanning beds,
commanding the gods.
But the fire of the Holy One
is not summoned.
The flame in your eyes,
the fire in your hands
does not satisfy: it consumes,
even the dust.

It falls from the trees,
the flaming colors fall, the orange flames,
the red and yellow and russet flames
consume the wood and the stones,
the embers cover the stones and the dust
and even the water in the runnels. It falls,

and either you stand back
or you catch.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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