Our first association with “wind” may be destructive storms like hurricanes or tornadoes. But our first encounter with “wind” in Genesis is life-giving. The Hebrew word, ruach, in Genesis 1:2 can mean “wind, breath or spirit.” The wind/breath/Spirit of God hovers over creation and does God’s creative work.

God’s creative wind continues to give us daily life. Perhaps it is the inspiration of playing a musical instrument. Perhaps it is the energy that helps us to serve. Perhaps we experience God’s breath as we study and learn and think. God’s wind still hovers near us, guiding, inspiring and creating us anew.

Take time today to remember your baptism—where the wind of God first moved over the waters and brought you newness of life. God is the living breath who equips you on your discipleship journey. The wind of God, at the very beginning of the story, shapes and propels you forward in ministry, and will continually bring you fresh experiences of grace

Wind of God, breathe creativity and grace into our lives. Remind us of your presence hovering near us and inspire us to new beginnings in the waters of baptismal promise, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Rev. Tim Dean, LCM Donor & Board Member

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 1:2