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Imagining the Lectionary: Pentecost at ground level

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"When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them."
Acts 2:1-4

On this delightfully bright and breezy day the white cotton-like infloresecences of Eriophorum angustifolium (Common Cottongrass) are a very distinctive feature in the landscape. The plants densely packed clumps of leaves and root systems closely bind together the wet, boggy ground and their pliable stalks are freely inclined towards the distant horizon in the gusts of wind. Soon this cottongrass population will be ready to cast their seed far and wide. And seen from ground level the Eriophorum are dwarfed in scale by the vast panorama of the mountain landscape which cradles their moist habitat.

Pentecost looks like this too.

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