The Spirit and Breath of God
The Feast of PENTECOST that we now celebrate helps us to recognize the gift of the Holy Spirit, realizing that God’s very life, breath energy and vitality live in us. We have the same spirit that was poured out upon the first century Christians.
One of the readings of Pentecost, EZEKIEL 37, 1-14 powerfully expresses this gift:
” I will give you my breath and you shall live.”
God is as close to us as our very breath. Breath is life.
All religious traditions describe God’s spirit as a source of Life, Breath and Vitality.
1. The Hindu leader Mohandas Ghandhi speaks of sharing in the breath and life of God so we can be agents of transformation in our world.
2. Orthodox tradition speak of synergeia – synergy – cooperation with God.
3. The Native American people talk about breath as their Life Path.
The season of Pentecost continues the day after Pentecost Sunday through summer.
In the Church liturgical year, it is also called: Ordinary time.
So as we move through spring and welcome Summer, let us move with deeper awareness of the Spirit of God alive in us, in each other and in our world.
and so we pray:
May the Light of God illumine the heart of my soul
May the flame of Christ, kindle me to love
May the fire of the Spirit free me to live this day and forever.
These thoughts are from the book;
THE BREATH OF GOD
an approach to prayer
by: Rev. Nancy Roth
forward by: Janet Ruffing