Reading: Genesis 1:1-2; 2:4b-7
Our devotions from Camp Mount Luther’s summer curriculum for Day 5 (Pentecost) continue. We come today to an alternate text: the first words in the scriptures and the beginning of the second creation story in Genesis.
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. “Ruach” is a word I will introduce in one of our devotions during Camp Mount Luther’s staff training.
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. You, too? 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.
--Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff.
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