#33: Wind of the spirit

The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.(John 3:8). Note: The word translated as ‘spirit’ means ‘air-in-movement’ and is translated as ‘spirit’, ‘breath’ or ‘wind’ depending on the context. John 3:8 reads: “The pneuma blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the pneuma.” Play around with different translations and see how it sounds. Does this change how you understand other wind-spirit-breath passages in the Bible? 

I think stories during Lent is a great thing that our church (Sanctuary Baptist) does, that is why I wrote this.

Do you ever get that really good feeling after a cold? This has happened to me many times, but one particular time I had a cold that had been going on for days.

My nose was red from blowing it and it was blocked. Then when I woke up one windy morning, I stepped outside and the cool breeze washed through me. I felt as if the Spirit was washing through me. Ω

Reflect: Reflect on different forms of air-in-movement (e.g. a hot northerly, a cool southerly, a gentle breeze), and how they make you feel. What might these different forms tell you about the action of the Holy Spirit? Recall a time when you felt the Holy Spirit washing through you. Rest in that memory now.

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