Welcome to WheretheWind.com. My name is Adam Thomas. I am a priest and a writer, and I couldn’t be one without the other. I am also a husband and a father, and I couldn’t be any of them without first being a follower of Jesus.
I began this website back in the summer of 2008 the week before I was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood. It’s fair to say I was freaking out a little bit. Since then, it has been a true blessing in my life: giving me a place to funnel my creativity through story, sermon, video, and song; introducing me to my publisher Abingdon Press; and giving my mother-in-law something to google to confirm that I was who I said I was when I met her daughter.
Here’s what I wrote all those years ago when I launched the site:
I borrowed the title of the blog from the U2 song, “Kite.” The chorus of this song always sends me to the third chapter of the Gospel According to John. The Pharisee Nicodemus comes to Jesus by night, and they engage in conversation. As they talk, Jesus removes Nicodemus’s certainty of the things he’s always known and ignites in him a new curiosity. By the end of the Gospel, Nicodemus has stepped into the light of a new life, and he finds himself at the foot of the cross.
The conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus shows me that I do not have to have everything figured out to believe in the God made flesh in Jesus Christ. The conversation also reminds me that even the most ardent and unshakeable Christian must still have the heart of a seeker. I am neither the most ardent nor the most unshakeable Christian I know, nor do I always have a seeker’s heart. But I do believe that the wind of the Spirit blows where it chooses and that God continues to infuse creation with light and beauty. And I believe that Christ calls all of us to embrace the abundant life he offers and live it for the glory of God and for the care of God’s creation.
I hope you will continue your journey with me and look for where the wind of the Holy Spirit is blowing in your life. Ask yourself these two questions. Where do you find God’s presence in each of your days? And where is God calling you to be God’s presence in this world? God has never stopped creating, and each one of us has the joyous opportunity to join God’s creative activity. This creativity mixes imagination, wonder, and compassion with devotion, discipline, and elbow grease. When we respond to God’s creativity with our own, the outcome brings more love and more freedom than there was before. Think how blessed we are to be a part of it.
Thank you for reading WheretheWind.com. May God show you where your unique gifts can bring healing to this broken, beautiful world.