The Breath of God

The Breath of God

“Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me” appear to be gentle words of a precious hymn softly falling on the hearts of those who gather to worship. Actually, it is prayer and invitation to high adventure, uncharted waters, and even danger. “In the beginning” the Wind/Breath of God, the Spirit of God, moved over the waters and everything changed. What was, is put on its ear and creation unfolds like a triumphant symphony set against the adversary of silence.
Presbyterians, generally speaking, are a little leery of the Spirit. The Spirit is something the Pentecostals or Evangelicals talk about. “Holy Spirit churches” seem unruly, disorganized, and some even suggest they can speak in tongues. On top of all this, the Holy Spirit is often thought of as “the least of these” of the “Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” Trinitarian statement of who God is for us. Maybe that’s why we only give a passing glance or an occasional mention of the Spirit. It’s scary, so we pretend that it really doesn’t concern us. We roll the Spirit out one day a year, Pentecost Sunday, wear our red (often with a Nebraska logo somewhere on it), hand out red balloons or flowers, and then move on. The Spirit, along with the red banners and liturgical paraments, are neatly tucked away like Christmas ornaments for the next Pentecost Sunday. Enough chaos for one year!
God’s Spirit does create chaos. The Spirit calls a goat herder from a bush that burns, yet isn’t consumed, to lead his people to a new land and freedom. Spirit names the youngest son from a small village in Judea to become the greatest King of Israel. The Breath of God stirred the caldron in the soul of the prophets who cried out for righteousness of the people and tied righteousness directly to justice for the least of these. Holy Spirit, literally, threw Jesus into the wilderness; into a time of temptation, fasting and prayer…and formed his ministry. Yes, the Spirit creates chaos. And from the divine chaos comes order, God’s order, which often looks nothing like the “order” we might imagine.
The Wind of God is always blowing. The Breath of God gives us life. Spirit calls us to serve…Wind, Breath, Spirit instill us with Being! The Holy Spirit calls to you, to me, to us as a church. Where is the Spirit calling you? What is the Spirit inviting you to become? How is the Breath of God shaping us as a congregation? Lift anchor, and set sail onto uncharted waters with The Wind to direct your course. Adventure awaits!

Peace,
Pastor Mike