Ruach is the Hebrew word used in scripture for the breath of God. It is wind, Spirit, life. It’s not so much a physical force but an essence—God’s essence that sustains life. It’s sometimes also translated as Spirit of God, such as in Genesis chapter 1.
As we continue to pray for the USA, for our own nation, and for people all over the world experiencing suffering from the consequences of individual, generational, and systemic sins, we are praying God’s breath of LIFE to like a mighty wind to bring the change, justice, truth, healing, hope, and peace that people in pain are crying out for.
God, may your Holy Spirit guide, comfort, sustain, and empower the Body of Christ to be carriers of your Life during this time. May we receive Life, give birth to Life, afford dignity to Life, honour Life, uphold Life, and celebrate Life.
God’s Life-Breath matters. I’ll be pausing our social media content for a few days while we consider how we are receiving and giving the Spirit of God’s breath of Life during this most serious cultural moment.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:1-4)
God, we sense you hovering over the surface of the deep and we humbly ask, would you again create something new? Would you again bring Life? Would you again separate the light from darkness? Amen.