In the Christian story Jesus friends and followers gathered together after Jesus' death and resurrection to mark the Jewish Pentecost (the feast commemorating Moses receiving the 10 Commandments). Although they are gathered to mark a religious festival, because of the recent execution of Jesus by the authorities and continued threats of violence, they are hiding, huddled away in fear. As they were gathered, The Holy Spirit swirls and whirls around them as wind and flame giving them courage and strength and the ability to fling open the windows and communicate with peoples of all cultures and languages. To me, both the Jewish Pentecost and the Christian Pentecost are about how we live in hope and courage in the face of fear so that we can be in loving and just relationship with one another and with all aspects of The Divine. It is about social justice and relationships that are compassionate and honest even when difficult. Blessings to my Jewish friends who celebrate Pentecost, blessings to my Christian family who celebrate Pentecost, and blessings to all people who celebrate relationships that are compassionate and honest among all beings even through the difficulty and fear.