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In most traditions, the word Spirit means breath or wind. Our word for Spirit is derived from the Latin – Spiritus, which means breath. For the Greeks, the word Spirit is known as Pneuma, a term which also means breath. The Hebrew word Ruah is synonymous with wind. The Hebrew name for Lord is Yahweh which is derived from the root Hebrew word HWY, which also means wind or breath.

The consistency in these different terms in not coincidental. To know the Spirit is to know the breath of God. This breath of God is written about in the New Testament which describes the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost:

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
~ Acts 2:1-2

The Holy Spirit has often been described as a powerful wind. A wind that transforms us, overwhelms us, takes our breath away, yet at the same time gives us our breath.

The power touches me
The power helps us see
The power holds my hand
The power drives me crazy
And it won’t take long to understand
Just how amazed I am
~ Amy Grant

This week, may you come to know afresh the power of the Holy Spirit, the wind that fills your sails and moves you to new horizons. May you be filled with the breath of God and know that He is so close to you, closer than your own breath. May you know this power in your life today.

The Power

You caught my breathimage
My life to win
You took my breath
As I pressed in

You fanned the flame
Blew me apart
Like a hurricane
Within my heart

You overwhelm me
My Strong Tower
I am surrounded
Within your power

Breath in me
Fan the fire
Relentless love
Power of my power

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A New Zealand Christian musician, Jules Riding, wrote a song called The Blessing.  In this song Jules sums up each verse by describing how close God is, “closer to you than breathing.” You can listen to it here.

Sometimes I think and feel that God is very far away and not very close, particularly in the hard times.  It’s easy for my mind to do the logic.  A) If bad things are happening to me or the ones I love, then B) God must be just be busy with someone else, therefore, C) God must be far away. A + B = C.  Simple and logical. Fortunately for me and you, God defies the laws of reason, logic and physics all at the same time.  His ways are not our ways.

One thing I have learnt in my walk with God – that’s such a  cliché, let me let me try that again. One thing I have learnt in my personal and intimate relationship with the Creator of the Universe, the one who flung the stars into space, and the same Creator that lives in my heart and is tinkering away creating stuff is – that He hasn’t gone anywhere. God is closer to me than breathing, it’s me that has left and created the distance. 

While heartache, hard times will always come and go, God is always there right in the middle of it and so close to us.  The challenge is for us to see, feel, and experience the unrelenting love of God that is closer to us than we are to ourselves.

So what about you?  What can you do today to close the gap, to experience the closeness of God?

You don’t have to be in a happy space to do this.  You may be in the middle of some heartache and doing life hard.  Try this – focus on your breathing and also focus on the life behind your breath.  That my friend is our God. He is closer than you think.

Here’s my reflection:

Closer to You Than Breathing

Today I missed your smile
In the sunset of your sky
The dark clouds all rolled in
As day turned into night
You’re closer to me than breathing
Closer to me than my heart beat

Through the night time of my dreams
You placed a vision in my mind
Of a burning desire in my heart
To which I had been blind

You’re closer to me than breathing
Closer to me than my heart beat

In the sunrise of my life
Your knew me before I was born
I was wonderfully and fearfully made
Like a brand new day before the dawn

You’re closer to me than breathing
Closer to me than my heart beat

As the sun reaches its zenith
Your love shines down on me
And while the sun is so far away
You’re closer than I can see

You’re closer to me than breathing
Closer to me than my heart beat

For you created my inmost being;   you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful,  I know that full well.
~ Psalm 139: 13-14

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