First Presbyterian Church

Wind and Breath – the Same God

We have had a lot of wind recently.  Not “gentle Spring breezes” but some mighty strong wind that breaks limbs and branches from the trees.  As I was watching a wind wheel fiercely spinning outside my kitchen window one morning, a gust came up and actually turned the entire wheel around 180 degrees. Wind changes things. Wind is powerful.

In the Hebrew scriptures, the Holy Spirit is often described as wind, or breath, or soul.  It is the breath or wind of God that breathes life into the human God created from the dust of the ground.  It is that extra syllable of “breath” that changes the name “Abram” to “Abraham.”  Wind changes things. Wind is life-giving.
The Psalmists were changed by their observations of God at work in the world around them : “The heavens declare the glory of God…” (Psalm 19); “The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders.” (Psalm  65:8a)  Our earth abounds with God’s creative and wondrous works if we would have eyes to see it.  What powerful, life-giving, wonders of God do you see this day? How does that change you?
In Awe and Wonder,
Pastor Judy
“The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.”  Psalm 65:8  (NIV)