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Elijah's Million Lights
Do you remember my blog about a seven foot young German bearing a Peace Candle who walked to a freezing Holy Island as part of a 20,000 km pilgrimage on foot across Europe? His name is Thomas Joachim, now christened Elijah. He went from the now dismantled Berlin wall to the wall in the Holy Land that separates Israelis from Palestinians which he prays will be dismantled. He carries a Peace Candle whose message is ‘Never again walls: never again war’. He calls for a million people to light a candle for peace and to pray.
He expects to arrive in Jerusalem for Pentecost. He quotes Psalm 87:5 as meaning ‘Everyone in the world is born in Zion’ (i.e. it belongs to everyone). His campaign organiser asks ‘Please will you write a letter about your meeting with him when he stopped at your place and to welcome him to his destination? Perhaps one day these letters can be published as a book. This is my dream of how 1000, 000 candles will find their way from the Berlin Wall to the Wall in Jerusalem'.
So I emailed email@example.com:
You walked to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the freezing winter, and faithfully prayed in a dark, unheated church, built on the site of the original Celtic monastery. We were deeply touched by your visit. We are known as England’s Cradle of Christianity, because gentle Saint Aidan brought the light of Christ in the seventh century from here. Bethlehem is the place where Christ was cradled, and some of us feel a special bond between the two holy places. Saint Aidan is depicted in a sculpture as carrying the torch of flame, which is the Christ-light. Like an Olympic relay runner he hands on the torch.
Christ experienced terrible darkness in Jerusalem, but that was also the place where he rose from the dead, and shed resurrection light everywhere. An Irish legend says that when Christ rose from death he leapt across the world, and wherever his shadow fell became a holy place. You have walked to some of those holy places. There are many more, and more still waiting to be made holy.
We will light candles for you at Pentecost which celebrates the time when, at the pilgrimage in Jerusalem which attracted people of many races, a tongue of divine fire came to each disciple."
Posted at 08:11am on 23rd February 2013
Divine breeze, cooling and quiet, gentle our hearts until we catch your still, small voice.
Divine Wind, rushing and mighty, even if you sweep me off my feet, now I will trust you and no longer cling to set ways.
#HolySpirit tongue of flame With love and wisdom burning bright Alight on me before it's night.
Spirit blazing, tongue of flame With love and wisdom burning bright Alight on me before it's night.
Spirit leaping, fount of life Whose timeless source is never dry Flow into me ‘ere down I lie
Spirit of God, fire us up with the boldness of noble deeds.
God of sea and land, impart to us, as you did to St. Brendan, an adventurous spirit as pioneers and pilgrims of the faith of Christ.
Make us fertile ground, ready to receive the gifts you wish to shower upon us.
On rigid old codgers and the rest of us, come Divine Wind that blows across barriers.
On narcissistic millennials, and on the rest of us, come Self-sacrificing Flame (pre Pentecost Tweet of the Day).