Daily Bread January 10

Wind Upon the Water
Danny Belrose of Independence, MO, USA

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. -Genesis 1:1-2

God does not come to us because we “pray hard.” God seeks to apprehend us; God’s breath comes unbidden and anchors our faith. From time to time I experience what I can only call “wake-up calls”-brief unplanned and unstructured interludes of grace. How? When? Where? Why? I don’t know. They come and go as they will: a walk on the beach, a poignant scene in a film, a painting, a dance, a turn of phrase in a book, a violin solo-any and all of the above. Perhaps, it is because I do not know the “why” and the “how” that these breathing lessons serve to secure my faith.

Like wind, the Spirit breathes and blows where and when it will. David Abrams, in The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World,” states, “Nothing is more common to the diverse indigenous cultures of the earth than a recognition of the air, the wind, and the breath as aspects of a singularly sacred power. By virtue of its pervading presence, its utter invisibility, and its manifest influence on all manner of visible phenomena, the air, for oral peoples, is the archetype of all that is ineffable, unknowable, yet undeniably real and efficacious.”

Wind. I have seen amber-gold wheat dancing in the sun, whipped by summer winds on the flat prairies of Saskatchewan. I have seen homes devastated, villages flattened, mighty oaks uprooted, steel girders twisted by howling hurricane force. I have seen whirling, swirling, ink-black clouds silence the stars and hurl their torrential tears on parched cracked soil.

Wind. I have seen sails filled, seas calmed, gentle waves, and mirrored ponds where life abounds and insects float on wispy wings. I have seen children laughing and kites flapping, soaring on winds of joy. I have seen a soft summer breeze cool a hot August night. I have seen a child’s paper plane soar for miles on currents of imagination.

Wind-God’s breath blowing where it will-ever stirring
-ever bringing winds of change.
Wind-Coming from nowhere, going where it wills.
Shutters slamming. Windows rattling.
Cacophony suddenly sliced mute.
Scissors of silence stilling the storm.
Air absent. Life on hold. Aching. Awaiting.
One pale breath to stir creation’s sleep.

Wind-Gentle. Kind. Refreshing.
Coming from nowhere, going where it wills.
Soft salt-air kissing lips on seashore’s gentle breeze.
Seagulls soaring, wings aloft on heaven’s holy breath.
Newborn wrapped in love’s embrace
-a baby’s breath on mother’s cheek
One pale breath to stir creation’s sleep.

Wind-Sweet breath of God…
Coming from nowhere, going where it wills,
Moving, shifting, shaping, changing,
Winging words of hope and healing,
Above, beneath, around, within.
One pale breath to stir creation’s sleep.
“Let the Spirit breathe!”

Prayer Phrase

“Light dawns on a weary world.” CCS 240

Spiritual Practice

The Light of God

Epiphany invites us to focus on the light of God. Close your eyes and draw your attention to your breath. As you breathe gently in and out, reflect on the statement, “The light of God is in all things.” The light has a bright, soft beauty and radiates God’s healing love. The light of God reaches you and permeates you with a deep sense of peace. Rest in the light as it surrounds and fills you. Thank God that you live in God’s light and it lives in you.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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