Who’s to say where the wind will take you?

Adam, a follower of Christ,

to all those who find this blog through the Series of Tubes.

Grace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

The Apostle Paul really nailed the beginnings of his letters, so I thought I’d borrow his intro formula to begin my blog. Paul journeyed all over the Mediterranean following the little dotted purple and blue and red lines you see on the maps in the back of your study Bible. I’m afraid I can’t afford the airfares to Thessalonica or Ephesus, so I will have to rely on the Interwebs to make a new set of dotted lines from my MacBook to your computer. Since you’re probably in modern day Scranton or Lubbock rather than ancient Greece, I think the Internet is the way to go.

Pop over to the “About” page for an introduction to the blog. I look forward to your comments on future posts. I took the title of this blog from U2’s song, “Kite.” In the midst of the grief that spurred the song to be written, I hear the hope that wind will continue to carry us on. I don’t know U2’s source material for this song, but I can’t get Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus out of my head when I hear the chorus. Jesus says, “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). In Greek, wind and spirit are the same word (pneuma). Who’s to say where the wind will take me? Who’s to say where the Spirit is leading me? In this blog, I will reflect on the movement of God in my life, the movement that dances on the wind of the Spirit. I invite you to follow my reflections and discern how God is moving in your own life.

Here’s that U2 song in case you’ve never heard it. It’s on their album All That You Can’t Leave Behind:

2 thoughts on “Who’s to say where the wind will take you?

  1. splendid! and all my cogratulations, of course.

    your chosen title metaphor and reference is interesting, for there is a delicious ambiguity in it.

    “so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit”. ok, so i’m born of the Spirit (or i hope i am). that means, “so it is with me.”

    but what is the simile? what exactly is it? that i blow where i will, not even noticing myself? or that this is the way others will encounter me, if i am truly born of the Spirit? or the way your title of the post pushes, that i will be blown by the wind, if i am truly born of the wind?

    i am inclined to think all three, and perhaps more. there is something quite splendidly wind-like about this simile, with it’s confusing and ambiguously unclear reference.

    the sermon this morning at diocesan diaconal ordinations referred to the theme of paying attention, and to listening, looking, seeing, before analyzing, painting, understanding. somehow that fits with your new blog’s title i think.

    and–if i may be so bold–you are yourself sometimes that breath of wind blowing through, at least, when i have seen you at your most spirit-filled–so i think there is something to my desire to stretch the grammar in these ways.

  2. Here is a link to a project that will be a series of hour long interviews fully based on the writings of the first century Apostles.

    http://www.apostleinterview.com

    Imagine if our twenty first century broadcast media technology was available in the first century reporting on the events and famous people of the day. Herein is the concept. A modern style in-depth interview of the first Apostles. The interview will allow the Apostles to speak the doctrine they wrote for the viewer to hear first hand.

    The first interview is with the incarcerated Paul and conducted by Josephus, a secular historian of the day known by Paul.

    Please offer your comments.

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