When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” John 20:19-23
Once they were all gathered together
tongues of flames descended like doves
once they were overcome by joy
speaking Creator's love to all hearing.
Once a movement was born in a day
a moment of light and inclusion
all being called as sacred children
beloved living in God's presence.
Once a gentle Savior came
to disciples fearful and broken
who huddled in a hidden room
expecting the worse in their grief.
We are at once the sacred children
and those hiding in the upper room
we are filled and empty on the jounrey
praying there is always more spirit to come.