The Holy Ghost
King James and Wycliffe
called Him the Holy Ghost
like He haunted and terrorized
men, women, and children alike
Some terrible ghoul
roaming the graveyards of earth
Representing death and destruction
Yet He is life
Spirit of God
Spirit of truth
Advocate and Counselor
It’s Quadrille Monday again at dVerse Poets Pub and the word of the day is ghost. The pub opens at noon Pacific Time. Head on over and see what ghostly Quadrilles poets are offering up today.
Wow. What a coincidence. I stumbled upon your blog when looking for comments on silver refining. (2010) I am glad you are still blogging. Hope to see you again soon!
Thanks. I don’t post as much as I used to because I’m working on writing my memoir, but I can’t seem to give it up. 🙂
Yes, he is life! Nice one, Linda.
Perhaps the terminology Holy Ghost may not really indicate the reverence of its stature!
Yes, I think Holy Spirit gives Him more reverence.
very uplifting and informative post!
Thank you. 🙂
The Comforter has come! I like your brief quadrille that invites greater theological discussion.
Thanks. It was perfect timing because we are studying Jesus’s promise of the Holy Spirit in my Bible study class.
I remember in school the church changing the word ghost to spirit. There are things we won’t understand in this world.
interesting take on “ghost”, I don’t think of ghosts as being bad, I just think of them as being of another world.
As a kid I was afraid when I heard the words “Holy Ghost.” Now, I’m blessed to know and understand the Spirit of Truth for what it is-some texts also call it Holy Breath. I like that.
I heard this before and I prefer Holy Spirit ~ Thanks for joining us Linda.
I really like this. I heard both versions of the Holy…. I like your take on this prompt and to be honest, I would have been disappointed if you had not taken this turn.
🙂 So glad I did not disappoint! I worried a little that I was being too predictable, but I suppose sometimes predictability can be a good thing.
This is so interesting to me. When I was a little girl, learning my catechism, I imagined the Holy Ghost as a real ghost and was quite frightened of saying these words in my prayers.
I think it would be interesting to hear a discussion of this within, for example, a seminary setting. The triumvirate — I’ve always preferred the words Holy Spirit. 🙂
I enjoyed your post!
Thanks. I prefer the translation Holy Spirit as well as it doesn’t carry with it the misconception that using the word “ghost” does. Glad you liked the poem.
Evocative words. Food for thought.
Such poignancy and depth! Beautifully penned!
I remember hearing the Holy Spirit called the Holy Ghost in my childhood.
Me, too. My first Bible was the KJV so that makes sense.
A very interesting thought there!
I love the way you have explored the meanings of the word ‘ghost’, Linda, and the references to King James and Wycliffe.
Ah.. yes it’s a contradiction really in that words and it’s usage.