Ruah, written in Hebrew above, is the Hebrew word translated with three different words: "wind" or "breath" or "spirit". I use it here, a name for God the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ruah.
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.Ruah,
in the beginning
you blew over the waters
and brought forth light and life.
In my beginning,
you breathed life into my flesh.
every day you are
"the breath beneath our breathing."
Enable us to imagine
a world of forgiveness and grace,
a world of peace and unity,
a world of well-being for all,
a world of enough for all,
a world of value for life, and creatures, and creation,
a world Jesus called, "the Kingdom of God".
with you, through you, by you,
and begin to create it
in spite of us
starting in both small and large ways:
deep hurts being forgiven,
seeking to understand the other,
treating each other and the created order all as Children of God,
living out our prayers,
"Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven."
over the chaotic waters of our creation
and create again
the world of God's BIG dreams
not our small ones.
Sunday, May 15 is Pentecost Sunday, the day the church celebrates the gift of the Spirit to the church. This week's prayers will reflect on the Holy Spirit, God's Ruah.