The Breath of God

Last sunday (May 31st 2020) we remembered the Pentecost. Pentecost itself is a harvest festival that the Israelites celebrated. Shavout or Feast of Weeks is a joyous time of giving thanks. It is a pilgrimage feast so Jewish males from all over Israel got together in Jerusalem to celebrate.

Just before Jesus ascends into the heavens He tells his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit. But before we rush into the Pentecost, it is imperative to consider Christ’s ascension. Christ’ ascension means the work is done. He is the One and He will be seated at the right hand of God our Father. And if Christ ascends it means the Holy Spirit will come.

It is here in Jerusalem and it is on the day of the Pentecost, just as Jesus said that the disciples hear a roaring wind which leaves tongues of fire on them.

The following visual is a representation of the Holy Spirit in different forms – the wind (in blue), the dove in orange and the tongues of flames in red. The tongues of flames are in the shape of botehs or paisleys. Boteh or Paisley are a Zorastrian symbol for life or harvest. How appropriate – God breathes His life into us.
Thank you Almighty God for your breath and thank you Holy Spirit for your presence.

The following are the words to the hymn

Breathe on me Breath of God.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.

Published by Sujatha

Wife to a highly creative man, Uday Balasundaram who is passionately in love with Jesus and a mother to 2 precious little ones, Nadira and Aradhya.

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