I’m going to go back to what I love during this Lenten Season…taking photos and highlighting the beauty in the everyday, the sacredness of all that is around us, and in doing so, finding God in his creation.
I’ll be using Diana Butler Bass’ Grounded: Forty Day Devotional as a guide. I hope you’ll join me on this 40 day journey back to Immanuel, God with us.
“The Abrahamic religions refer to God as Spirit, the holy wind animating life. . . . This is the mysterious presence, unseen but active, manifested across the world, giving life to all goodness and beauty. Richer than a metaphor, God’s spirit is the air, the wind.” (Grounded, p. 110)
What are your thoughts when you think of God as Spirit? For me, this is the mystical aspect of the Trinity. The unexplained. The mysterious that keeps me asking questions, yearning to know more of God. They are the moments when a peace settles into an otherwise chaotic situation. A prayer offered up and answered, with a knowing I can’t articulate.
In scripture, the Hebrew word behind Spirit is Ruach, which means air in motion. It is the same word for breath, and also life. A wind, the Spirit of God, swept over the face of the waters and Creation began. The breath of God is the beginning of life.
Spirit, in the simplest meaning, is the intangible. When we look more deeply, we realize that it is indeed a tangible thing. The wind that brushes over us, a cooling caress on a hot summer day. The wind dancing through the trees, the air that gives us life. A breath in, restoring calm. A prayer uttered on a single breath.
Spirit is the breath of God articulating the mysterious. The God that is always with us, as close as our next breath.
“Breathe on me, breath of God. And may I breathe in your spirit of life. Amen.”
Diana Butler Bass