What images come to mind when you hear the word? A gentle campfire offering warmth and conversation with friends? A raging fire devouring forests and homes? Flickering candles on a cake, marking the passing of years? Acolytes processing with torches, calling our hearts to the One who is the center of worship: Christ, the light of the world? Tongues of fires descending upon that diverse assembly gathered in Jerusalem on Pentecost?
Images of fire permeate our language, stirring fear and fascination. For those who have experienced fire's destructive power, the memories never go away. For those who have seen new growth in a charred forest, fire has provided occasion for hope. And who has not been drawn into contemplation or rest sitting before a fire?
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