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Spirit & Verse: A Prayer for Pentecost During a Pandemic

May 29, 2020 — Spirit & Verse is a monthly column of original poem-prayers composed by Cameron Bellm, a Seattle-based writer and mother of two whose "Prayer for a Pandemic" went viral, bringing solace and comfort to many struggling during COVID-19.

A Prayer for Pentecost During a Pandemic

The apostles were together that day,

Unsure, likely frightened.

We, too, are behind closed doors,

But alone and isolated.

What rushing sound will we hear?

During this time when we fear nothing more than the breath of others,

Breathe on us,

O Holy Spirit of God.

Although there will be no crowds gathered today

As there were in Jerusalem,

Teach us,

O Holy Spirit of God,

To speak new languages of love

That will reverberate beyond the walls of our homes,

Communicating care and compassion to those who need it most.

The virus that we fear is ubiquitous,

But so are you,

Our ever-present counselor, our comforter.

As we sit in the darkness,

Kindle your fire in us,

O Holy Spirit of God,

Until the whole world is lit.


Previous Spirit & Verse Poem-Prayers:

"Grief and Gratitude"

Cameron Bellm is a Seattle-based writer of prayers and spiritual essays. After completing her Ph.D. in Russian literature at the University of California, Berkeley, she traded the academic life for the contemplative life, informed by Ignatian spirituality and Catholic social teaching. She and her husband have two young sons, and, blessedly, playing with Legos often nurtures her spiritual life as much as reading the lectionary. She writes at and on Instagram, @krugthethinker.

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