Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Breath of God

Thich Nhat Hanh often mentions Jesus, and Christianity.  One of his favorite Christian legends involves St. Francis.  In the middle of winter St. Francis calls out to an almond tree, “Speak to me of God!” and the almond tree breaks into bloom.  It comes alive.

What is God all about?  Life!

How do we bear witness to God?  By aliveness?

What is the source of this life?  Breath, our breath, but also the breath of God, which we call the Spirit.


From the beginning Lord, it has been all about breath
You breathed life into the universe
You breathed life into the human

And through the ages the breath of the Spirit has blown
It has parted seas
And inspired prophets
It breathed the Sacred into Mary
And spoke through John the Baptist
It lifted Christ to the Cross
And filled the disciples at Pentecost
It blew Paul across the world
setting it aflame with the Sacred

Since the beginning
The Breath
Has enlivened people

Since the beginning
It has been the source of understanding
And compassion
And restoration

This Sunday as your people gather
May we not close the windows and doors of our hearts
But may we be open

And may the Spirit

Breathe on us
Breath of God

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