Reflection: A Creative Spirit

Date: 
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Scriptures: 
Genesis 1:1-5
Mark 1:4-11

Today, I want to bring a more meditative approach, looking at both of our readings, so I would encourage you to make sure that you are comfortable, hymn books aside, feet on the floor.  You may choose to close your eyes for now - the image on the screen will not change.
 


In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,  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.

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

In the beginning.
In the beginning the waters lay upon the earth.

And the wind blew.
Ruach - wind in Hebrew - Ruach swept over the face of the waters.
A wind from God.

And the wind from God is the Spirit.
And the Spirit in Hebrew - Ruach.
Ruach.  Sweeping over the waters.
BREATHING over the waters of creation.

First light.
But the breath of God, the wind of God, the Spirit of God.... Ruach.... it is not done, she has not completed her work.

No, she yet has work to do.
Light.
Sky.
Land.
In each instant of creation, Ruach, the Spirit, the wind of God is working.

Sun.
Moon.
Sea creatures.
Land creatures.
Birds of the air.
In each instant of creation, Ruach, the Spirit, the wind of God is working.

Humanity.
And into the lungs of humanity is breathed breath..... Ruach, breath,
into humanity is breathed spirit..... Ruach, spirit.

And we have life
for the wind of God has been working.

But the Spirit of God was not done her work.
Ruach - making God’s voice heard to the prophets.
Spirit - guiding, strengthening and giving life to a people.
Spirit - breathing into a people.

But the Spirit of God was not done her work.
Ruach - the wind of God was there in at the Jordan.
Wind, rippling the waters, the waters of new beginnings,
the water - water of new creation
for the Spirit was at work.

Wind, rippling the waters, the waters of new beginnings,
as Jesus made his way to the bank,
made his way to his cousin John,
to be lowered under the waters.

And the wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
Creation.
And Jesus rose from the waters,
and there, on land, Ruach was at work again
strong, intense, anointing him, creating, creating, creating within him something new.... the conscious commitment to begin.

And still, the swirling Spirit was at work, for that was not enough.
The Spirit moved across the face of the waters,
and moved the life of Jesus,
eddying winds guiding him, driving him to wilderness contemplation.

Ruach, at work at the Jordan.
Ruach, force of creation, blowing into lives at the Jordan.

Ruach, Spirit of God,
promised each time we gather at the font,
each time we present a new creation.
Swirling Spirit.  Ruach.  Wind of God, breath of God.

But she is not done.
For we are people of the waters of baptism.
We are people promised the Spirit.
And Ruach yet has work to do.

Breathe.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.

Be aware of your breath.
Know that the breath of God is as close as your breath.

Be still.
Now.
Be still from time to time.

And be aware.

Ruach.
Breath of creation
wind of God
swirls, eddies, moves still.

To create anew
in us
through us.

Ruach
Spirit
Breath of God
still at work.
In us.