We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on May 9, 2014.
Reading: Genesis 1:1-2; 2:4b-7 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
In this passage, we encounter a reality described in different English words: Spirit of God, Wind of God, God’s wind, God’s Spirit-Wind and breath of life. Somehow, I like the Hebrew Ruach Elohim.
When we think about God the Holy Spirit our first image is usually one of tongues of fire resting on the Apostles. Today we are encouraged to imagine the Holy Spirit hovering before creation. And, assuming that the big bang theory is correct, WOW! I can’t imagine that moment, can you? But I can envision the Spirit of God in the middle of it. All that exists is a product of God’s life-giving breath.
Some words to carry with us today from the Nicene Creed: We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life.
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