This past Sunday Christians around the world celebrated Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit to dwell with and in human beings, as recounted in Acts 2.
In the context of all of the recent and ongoing uprisings across the US – and with thanks to my pastor Lina Thompson for teaching that the Holy Spirit is the spirit who moves toward justice – this is how I’m imagining the Holy Spirit these days:
Kitchen in the Clouds In her kitchen in the clouds she cooks a feast, mise en place, she takes cutting boards and places on them every form of dominance, chops heaping bowls of white supremacy, of patriarchy, homophobia, chef’s knife in hand, decisive, she chops loudly and does not hold back. With expert touch she cuts police brutality, slices corrupt healthcare systems, then takes racist rhetoric and throws it on the fire where it will burn and burn and burn. She takes it all and fries it up, destroyed, burned up, turned into something new, unrecognizable: she serves justice on a platter. Her touch is power, all the power to all the people, her stove’s sparks illumine truth and invite all to draw near: she takes and throws upon the open flame indifference to black life, callousness toward immigrants, sticks skewers through misogyny and grills it up. She soaks love for hours like beans until it swells and softens and is ripe to eat. Then she sets the table for her feast, no seats of honor, all are equals, so much room for all who hunger for a place of many mountains fallen down. In her kitchen in the clouds she stops and hovers, waiting, unsure who will come to share in what she cooks, the table set, the feast all served. The guests begin to straggle in: the weary, haggard, lonely, scarred, the prophets and the protesters, the ones contending for a better world and not content, the desperate ones, the angry ones, the migrants and the refugees, the lovers and the fighters, the ones imprisoned and detained, the ones cut down before their time. For all who stomach what she cooks this meal is peace at long, long last.