Our farm sits on a rise and it is always windy. When standing even on the hottest of days with the wind swirling around, you realize something very fundamental: it is the wind that creates climate and brings rain and spreads seeds; it is the wind that can turn windmills and create power. The wind can cause devastation, but the wind also brings life.
Standing there, overlooking the valley of dry bones, Ezekiel is told to prophesy .When Ezekiel preaches, bones come together, muscles and sinews reattach, and life happens. Ruah, wind, breath, spirit, blows through the valley and brings life to those dry bones.
This is good news. In those times when we feel desolate, the wind blows. When we feel broken, breath seeps into our lives. When we feel forgotten and alone, the Spirit is with us. We cannot explain this. Regardless of the events of our lives as individuals and as communities of faith, God is with us. Ruah, breath, wind and spirit blows through our lives, healing us, renewing us, challenging us.
God of the rushing wind, come into our lives and breathe new life into each of us. Amen. — LW