Genesis 1 

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

The barbeque has been tied to the deck, the patio swing cushions and candle holders have been stowed away in the patio box, the hanging baskets of flowers taken down. We are hunkered down, at least until this afternoon when we attend the Nova Scotia International Tattoo.
 
Knowing that I can stay warm and dry in my home makes the wind and rain exhilarating rather than scary. Even if the power goes out, it’s July, we will not be cold and with a gas bbq, we can continue to eat. Not to mention that my husband is the handiest guy ever, aside from the fact that I love him, I would chose to be with him in any disaster.  Below is a very short video clip taken from my front door this morning. It doesn’t to justice to the strength and sound of the wind.
I started to think about the ‘Winds of Change’ that have been blowing through our church, community and culture. There is no question that churches have been buffeted by the winds of change, and it raised a variety of questions for me, perhaps they are questions you have too.
  • Are the changes scary or exhilarating?
  • Do we hunker down and hope to ride them out unscathed?
  • Do we prepare for them?
  • What do we need to make us feel safe?
  • What do we hold on to?
  • Is what we cling to our personal preferences?
The first verses in our Bible speak of the ‘Winds of God’ sweeping over the waters… but the wind of God, the winds of change aren’t the end of the story… and then God said, “Let there be light…”
What is God saying now?
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