THE WIND

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you.
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I.
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.

-Christina Rossetti

The wind is an enduring and powerful metaphor for the presence of the invisible God. You need not look further than the 3rd Chapter of John’s Gospel for an example of this parable. My personal favorite version of the wind metaphor is this poem by Christina Rossetti. The image of the trees bowing in reverence calls to mind Moses shielding his eyes as the Glory of God passes by on Mount Sinai.  In Hebrew, the word for wind is “ruach.” This word can also be translated as “breath” or “spirit.” I love the idea that wind, breath, and spirit are all mixed together in this mystery called God. That which animates the trees, animates us. It is a divine gift: God’s holy gift of Himself. No one knows what this gift of God looks like, but perhaps when we see people bowing their heads, we can know that He is near.

Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear…


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