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 (entire reading is 1-17)
Breath Prayer: “listening” “for the wind”
Time spent in the wilderness reminds us what is real or only imagined, what is possible or is impossible. It’s impossible to see the wind. You can hear it and feel it. You know that it’s moving when something else moves. But seeing the wind? Impossible. “The wind blows where it chooses,” we are told. Mysteries hold what is real and what is imagined. They hold what we know or what has happened, but sometimes the understanding eludes us.
In this Lenten season as I make my way through these forty days, I find comfort listening for Jesus’ words. He reminds me that even though I can’t see the wind or the Spirit’s presence, it is still there. So many times when I’ve wandered in the past I’ve felt lost, disoriented. My walking becomes robotic. Left foot. Right foot. Left, right. Today’s message invites us to try something new. Perhaps we can combine with our walking new ways of perceiving. Perhaps to better experience the wind, we need to listen instead of watch.
The Holy Spirit might not come the way in ways we expect, but She will surely come.
Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, come. Move in and through our lives so that we might experience your transforming grace. Sweep over us with your connective, sustaining presence. Come, Holy Spirit and invite us into the dance. Amen.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.